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  1. Linda,

    I really like your post; a nice level of historical detail with some astute observations of English seaside towns today. I grew up in the seaside town of Whitley Bay in Tyne & Wear. Sadly, the town’s days as a thriving resort have long since passed; falling victim to the package holiday in the sun.


  2. Thanks for your thoughts Phil. There’s a lot of that, we fear! But Britain still has a lot to offer, even if it’s not the sun.

  3. I can’t believe you’d consider Blackpool as a top seaside resort. Maybe 15+ years ago, but in 2010, it represents the worst of British culture. There’s definitely a place for traditional seaside resorts, with amusement arcades and promenades lined with fish and chips and candyfloss, I even quite like them, but not Blackpool. It’s rough to the core.

  4. Hey Ant, good point. I included it because it’s still the most popular town by the sea in the UK, and it does have that history behind it. Personally, I like a nice, warm, empty, sandy beach without any slot machines, but they can be hard to come by in England!

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