Fife’s Harbour Beach were told they had won the Keep Scotland Beautiful award
Residents of Kinghorn, Fife, were delighted when they were told that they had won the prestigious Keep Scotland Beautiful accolade for the town’s Harbour Beach.
But just a day later organisers delivered the bad news – there had been an error and the coastal town was not in fact a recipient of the Scottish Beach Award.
The blunder has been dubbed “an Oscars moment” in reference to this year’s gaffe which led to La La Land being be named Best Picture, instead of Moonlight.
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But a day later organisers announced that there had been an error and that another beach had won
There was no malice intended and it was a simple clerical error
Alan McIlravie, chairman of the community council, said: “There was no malice intended and it was a simple clerical error.”
The Scottish Beach Award recipients excel in areas such as keeping sand litter free and accessible amenities.
The criteria also specify that all beaches which are also designated bathing waters should comply with the EU Bathing Water Directive or failing that, have Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) signage in place.
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It is here that the beach is understood to have failed, due to contamination of a small section where it enters a culvert.
However, it was not all bad news for Fife. The region boasted the most award-winning beaches in 2017, with 14 beaches honoured by Keep Scotland Beautiful.
Last night, a Keep Scotland Beautiful spokesman apologised for the error and said: “It is unfortunate that Kinghorn Harbour did not meet all of the strict criteria for the awards and we regret that it was incorrectly advised of its award status.”