More awards for Torbay beaches

(Last Updated On: August 19, 2020)

We are really lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the country and we know that living by the sea or being able to get into the countryside can have a positive impact on our wellbeing. This is supported by an Exeter University study which shows that living by the sea can act as a “protective zone” for psychological wellbeing. The report highlights the importance of so-called “Blue Health” – the link between health and the natural environment.

Of course the benefits we get all year round, are also important for visitors to the area and never more so than following months of confinement and restrictions because of lockdown.

For these reasons, it is particularly pleasing that once again many of our beaches have won awards. Keep Britain Tidy has awarded Anstey’s Cove, Goodrington Beach, Maidencombe Beach, Paignton Beach, Preston Sands, Meadfoot and Torre Abbey Sands the national Seaside Award for bathing and resort.

Meanwhile, Breakwater Beach, Broadsands and Oddicombe Beach have all been given a combined Seaside (resort) and globally recognised Blue Flag Award.


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Apart from five years studying in Oxford I’ve lived most of my life in London where for many years I was Head of English in a prestigious girls’ school, but since taking early retirement and heading West to be nearer to my two daughters - settling in Torbay with my wife, Anna, in 2011 - I’ve worked in the voluntary sector. I took on the role of Service Provider, for example, promoting the Red Cross Torbay Navigators Project, while now I’m a Trustee and part of the Media Team for our local Healthwatch. I’m a governor at Torquay Academy, too, giving me the chance to stay up to date with what’s happening in the world of education. Other interests, aside from friends and family, include art and art history, reading - from contemporary fiction and poetry to Elizabethan/Jacobean literature - history, politics, cooking, walking, and music, in particular Bob Dylan, the blues, and early Elvis. I love writing, too, with one novel published so far – Elvis in Wonderland – and another, Who’s There?, that still needs plenty of work!