PRESTATYN Central, Rhyl Central and Marine Lake have all maintained their award winning status in this year’s Keep Wales Tidy Coast Awards.

Prestatyn Central Beach, located between the Ffrith and Barkby beaches, was awarded one of the blue flags, which recognises water quality, environment awareness, management and services.

Marine Lake retained the Green Coast Award which marks ‘hidden gems’ along coastlines, while the Seaside award – which recognises good water quality and facilities – has been awarded to Rhyl Central Beach, which runs along for about two miles from the Clwyd Estuary to Splash Point.

Jamie Groves, head of Denbighshire Council’s facilities, assets and housing service, said: “We are delighted that the three beaches have maintained their important statuses since the last awards were announced.

“These awards recognise the amount of work going on to protect and enhance the experience for the thousands of people who use our beaches year after year.

“Marine Lake and the two beaches are important attractions for visitors who come to Denbighshire year after year to experience our fantastic coastline.

“I would like to thank all those involved in maintaining these important locations for their award-winning efforts.”

A Green Coast Award also went to Kinmel Bay, while Abergele Pensarn achieved the Seaside Award.

Lesley Jones, chief executive for Keep Wales Tidy, said: “The Wales Coast Awards play a vital role in the continuing growth of coastal and marine tourism.

“They act as a mark of excellence, ensuring sites are managed effectively and showcasing our beautiful country to an international audience.

“Visitors to our award-winning beaches, marinas and boat tour operators can be sure they have arrived at a quality destination.”