TOURISM bosses are basking in glory after beaches across north Essex scooped four prestigious Blue Flag awards.

Dovercourt Bay, Martello Bay in Clacton and Brightlingsea beach have retained their status while Frinton’s beach has been awarded the status for the first time.

Nick Turner, cabinet member for environment, said: “Four European Blue Flags is more than we have ever had flying from Tendring’s beaches before – and that is quite a major achievement."