The Blue Flag is one of the world’s most recognised eco-labels.
The programme aims to raise environmental awareness and promote sound environmental management of beaches, marinas and inland bathing waters around the world.
Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful has announced that Bangor Marina have been awarded the Blue Flag for the 2020 season.
The prestigious award acts as a guarantee to everyone that Bangor Marina is among the finest not only in Northern Ireland, but around the world. The Blue Flag is also a mark of quality that sets the marina out as an asset to the community and local businesses. To ensure the highest standards are maintained, Blue Flags must be renewed annually.
On receiving the award, Harbour Master Kevin Baird said:
“The Blue Flag recognition is something to be extremely proud of. Our committed team at the Marina strive to protect the environment around us and most importantly ensure that all boat owner inherit the passion we have for sustainable marine tourism and boating."
Mayor of Ards and North Down, Councillor Trevor Cummings commented:
“Our borough encompasses the southern shore of Belfast Lough, the Irish Sea coast and most of the perimeter of Strangford Lough, giving us 115 miles of stunning coastline. It is fantastic that so many of our beautiful seaside locations have been recognised in this year’s Beach and Marina awards”