Beaches in Northumberland are top notch when it comes to bathing water.
A total of 12 in the county achi-eved excellent water quality status, Defra has announced.
They include Newbiggin North, Newbiggin South, Blyth South and Seaton Sluice.
Samples are taken by the Environment Agency between May and September each year to assess the bathing waters against strict regulations.
Despite the increase in the number of beaches achieving the excellent or good standards in the North East from last year, Northumbrian Water – which has invested £1billion over 20 years in enhancing the quality of water on the region’s coastline – said the results do not mean there is cause for complacency.
Wastewater director Richard Warneford added: “Great bathing water relies on constant attention to detail and a willingness to keep looking for new ways to protect and improve our environment.”