Gold award for beach

A NORTHUMBERLAND beauty spot has reached the gold standard for bathing water quality.

Both north and south stretches of Druridge Bay have made it into the Good Beach Guide, published by the Marine Conservation Society.

To achieve the ‘recommended’ status, the beaches had to show a 100 per cent pass rate of the mandatory water quality standard, pass the 20 times higher EC Guideline standard and not be affected by any continuous sewage outfalls that discharge raw, screened or primary treated sewage.

In the north east 45 out of 64 beaches tested, 70 per cent, are MSC Recommended.