Over the last 20 years we’ve made huge progress in making our beaches and bathing waters cleaner.
In 1988 only 18% of our bathing waters met minimum standards, in 2016 this was 100%.
Below is information on how we got there and how we’ll keep it that way…

Photography winner!

Happy Valentine’s Day to Donna Rigby who has won a year’s membership from Wild Arena with her gorgeous photo of St Annes beach for our photography competition. Donna’s shot of her two-year-old son, Aidan, shows a stunning sunset over a calm sea and was taken in January this year.

Donna, 32, from Squires Gate regularly goes on walks along St Annes beach with her partner, son and their dog. She said: 
“I’m really happy to have to won the competition and got some good news. My colleague saw it on the internet and told me to enter with a photo I’d taken. I recognised that it was a competition, sent it in and am delighted to have won!”

But rather than using a top of the range camera or extendable lenses, Donna’s winning method was as simple as it comes. “We were just on the beach late one afternoon and the sun was setting. The colours in the sky looked really nice so I just took a picture of it on my partner’s phone. It’s come out much better than I thought! We’re regular beach goers. My son is two and he just loves being on the beach and running free. My dog is exactly the same, except he prefers chasing the seagulls!”

“The winning picture was chosen by photographer Guy Farrow against over 200 entries of bathing waters across the North West. Guy told us: “Judging was really tough. There were so many good shots but based on the quality and composition, I feel that Donna’s photo really captured her son in great light with the sun going down on the sea. It says LOVEmyBEACH to me.”

“Donna has also won a litter picking kit, thanks to the Helping Hand Company, who spotted the competition on twitter and contacted the team. I’m sure we can find a prize for little Aidan for being a great model too!

We were overwhelmed by the response to the competition so huge thanks to everyone who entered. The winning photo will also be on our social media from today.

Donna Rigby St Annes beach 11.01.14

Photography competition

Do you LOVE a North West beach? Can you capture it in a great photo? Perhaps you took a shot in the summer or would be happy to go out on a sunny winter’s day and take some of people walking dogs or just enjoying the peace and quiet? If so, please email them to enquiries@lovemybeach.org so we can share how wonderful our beaches are! You might even win a prize or see it on our website!

LOVEmyBEACH is a campaign with a huge challenge: to work together to keep our local beaches and bathing waters clean. Photos will be used to inspire people to do what they can to help LOVEmyBEACH in the North West so please only enter if you’re happy for your photo to be used in that way. Photos of North West bathing water beaches only please, you can see a full list of [Download not found].

Photos will be judged by Guy Farrow — worldwide fashion and advertising photographer on how well they capture people enjoying the beach but please get their permission! Oh and you must have the water visible — even if the tide’s a long way out! The winner will be announced in February 2014.

Good luck!
Prize: Wild Arena membership worth £99!
Close: 9am, Monday 3 February 2014. Please send us your name, when and where the photo was taken and let us know why you LOVE the beach. By emailing us your photo you give us permission to use it to promote LOVEmyBEACH.

Blackpool

Magnificent Morecambe

The Craigwell Hotel in Morecambe is a 4-star 10 bedroom guest house run by Gillian and Jim Catterall. The hotel overlooks the glorious Morecambe Bay and welcomes visitors from far and wide. You can even bring your well-behaved dog!
Gillian said: “My husband heard about the LOVEmyBEACH campaign at a Morecambe Bay Nature event. In Morecambe we’re so fortunate to have the beach and promenade on our doorstep, for the magnificent views and amazing dog walks running for miles on end, so we were keen to show our support and get involved.” To help the campaign, Gillian has been advising on beach etiquette while walking dogs, the importance of clearing up after dogs, and bin drop points on the wonderful beach walks.
“We have also been giving out LOVEmyBEACH leaflets. On our beaches, you can walk the miles of coast and see migrating birds in the winter and spring. Holidaymakers enjoy the stunning tides and sunsets against the ever changing backdrop of the views over to the Lake District. All on our doorstep. That’s why it’s so important to show our support. We each have to take responsibility for keeping our beaches clean.”
If you’d like your hotel or B&B to support LOVEmyBEACH, just download a pack, fill in the checklist and return to us. Thanks!

Gillian Catterall