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Summary

  1. As it happened: A day looking at life in England's seaside resorts

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Farewell from the English seaside

BBC News England

Time to pack up your windbreaker, but you can scroll back through our updates for a flavour of a day at the English seaside.

Scarborough from Scalby Mills
BBC

We'll leave you with a view of Scarborough from Scalby Mills.

The holidaymakers here are starting to go home after a long, warm, breezy day at the beach.

How would you sum up Margate?

Claire Cottingham

Wendy, who owns Crafted Naturally in Margate, loves the town so much that she can't describe it in three words.

She needs four. 

Trader's views on Margate

National company expands workforce in Newquay

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

A national company which has its headquarters in Newquay has increased its workforce from three to 40 people in just three years.

Jess Ratty, head of public relations at Crowdfunder UK, said they specialised in helping local entrepreneurs and community groups raise funds - and that did not have to revolve around London.

Crowdfunder UK has expanded from 3 to 40 members of staff in three years

Can you name that tune?

Claire Cottingham

"Please play me!! I'm yours."

Only in Margate would there be a piano on the side of a cafe.

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Hayling Island: 'Has its charms'

Marcus White

BBC News

You had to be a hardy soul to brave the beach at windswept Hayling Island today.

Visitor Richard Radnor, from Alton, Hampshire described the resort as "having its charms".   

Facebook provides platform for community to get involved in helping seaside towns

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

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A man who set up a series of community Facebook groups, after his epilepsy left him registered disabled, said he was providing a place for people to "moan and groan" about the things that needed doing in Newquay.

Jon Goodman said enjoyed living in the resort, which he said was completely full in summer and emptier in the winter months.

Are seaside towns in trouble?

BBC News England

What's affected the life of coastal towns?

Places like the once fashionable Jaywick, near Clacton, Essex, (below) are now classed as deprived and in need of investments.  

Jaywick, near Clacton, Essex
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According to the British Hospitality Association, industries such as shipbuilding and fishing have collapsed, prompting unemployment and drug use.  

Understanding visitors key to seaside towns' revival

The Business Improvement District (BID) in Newquay says it has been working hard behind the scenes to change the way the town is perceived...

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Big wheel ride gives windswept view of Southport

Bronwyn Jones

BBC News

Skegness visitor numbers 'booming'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Chris Epton has been working the donkeys on Skegness beach for nearly 50 years.

He's seen some changes in his time, with some of the worst seasons being during the miners' strikes in the 1980s.

Chris epton
BBC

Business slumped a little in recent years but he says it's picking up and Skeg is "booming again".

Three things you (probably) didn't know about the east Kent coast

Claire Cottingham

A picture of Margate beach
BBC
A sunny Margate beach today
  • The area claims a number of holiday "firsts" including donkey rides in 1890 and deckchairs in 1898 in Margate

  • Famous names drawn to the east Kent coast include Charles Dickens, JMW Turner and Augustus Pugin and their connections are all still celebrated today

  • Tourism chiefs say the area has not only helped to defend the nation - Ramsgate sent "little ships" to Dunkirk and welcomed 80,000 soldiers back from France - but has also defined seaside style

Are our seasides accessible?

Bronwyn Jones

BBC News

Tracey Green from Wigan cares for Daniel and brings him to seaside for days out - she says accessibility can be an issue with his wheelchair.

Tracy Green and friends
BBC

She says Southport "is quite flat so that's good" but having to search for disabled toilets and facilities is a disruption - and many attractions aren't accessible for Daniel.

He did go on the big wheel at Southport Pleasureland last time though and loved it, she said.

Disabled toilets
BBC

Watching the waves in Swanage

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Robin Red Breast for this image of a windy Swanage in Dorset.  

swanage
BBC Weather Watcher/Robin Red Breast

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Staying in the sea when the sun has gone...

Lloyd Watson

BBC News Online

As with any typical British Summer's day, the sun has now long gone, the cloud is here and the wind is picking up.

We're used to it though, aren't we? And that's probably why there's still many enjoying Tynemouth beach... and the chilly North Sea.

Tynemouth
BBC

Donkeys take a break in Southport

Bronwyn Jones

BBC News

Business in Clacton 'on the up'

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

Like most seaside resorts, Clacton is brimming with hotels and B&Bs.

Hotel
BBC

But business is "so so" here at the moment, according to the owner of one hotel along the seafront. 

Chairmane Gibson quit her job as a nursery nurse in Hackney, London, to take over the Pink Palace two years ago. 

Chairmane Gibson
BBC

"We always came to Clacton as a kid," she said. 

"It's been a bit quiet to start with, but Clacton in general is slowly but surely picking up."   

#EnglishSeaside: Your pictures

BBC News England

We've been asking for your photos of the coast today as we look at the English seaside.

Ali Hodgson sent us this picture of Bridlington in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Bridlington
Ali Hodgson

And Tricia Woolliscroft took this picture of a slightly cloudy Druridge Bay in Northumberland.

Druridge Bay
Tricia Woolliscroft

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'Margate has everything I love about the seaside'

Claire Cottingham

I spoke to Rob and Amber about why they love Margate.

They said they're so fond of the place they decided to move here.

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Rob and Amber's view of Margate

What's on offer at Southport Pleasureland?

Bronwyn Jones

BBC News

Time for some funfair frolics - that's after I queue for my tokens at Southport's theme park which is bustling today.

Visitors tell me there's been investment here, revamping the rides and arcades. There is also a Go Kart track and the miniature railway is being brought back to its former glory.

Queue for tokens
BBC
The waltzers
BBC
Log flume
BBC

Kitesurfer's capital: Getting some air

Marcus White

BBC News

The wind has brought out some kitesurfers at Hayling Island in Hampshire.

Kitesurfers enjoy windy Hayling Island

The resort, which hosts an annual kitesurfing festival, is "the best in the UK" for the sport and attracts people from all over the country, according to surfer Ben McDermott.

Seaside-goers tell how they 'love the clouds, the sea and the atmosphere'

Lloyd Watson

BBC News Online

Not all originally from the North East but living here now - John, Raymond, Jean and Maureen wouldn't want to be anywhere else on a day like today.

Maureen loves the clouds, the sea and the atmosphere, while Raymond thinks Tynemouth is great (when it's not raining!).

John's three words to describe the resort were "Tynemouth's beautiful vista".

He then tucked into his melting ice cream.

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Ooh, I do like to be beside the seaside...

Grace Parnell

BBC Local Live

Hundreds of people on the beach here at Scarborough's South Bay - sandcastles, ice cream and seagulls galore!

Scarborough
BBC

There are hundreds more people enjoying themselves around the corner on the North Bay too.  

No donkey rides in Margate...

Claire Cottingham

But I did spot this snazzily dressed character.

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'Please return to Crafted Naturally'. No donkey rides on #Margate beach, but we did spot Pumpkin... #EnglishSeaside
'Please return to Crafted Naturally'. No donkey rides on #Margate beach, but we did spot Pumpkin... #EnglishSeaside

'Please return to Crafted Naturally'. No donkey rides on #Margate beach, but we did spot Pumpkin... #EnglishSeaside

What to do with Weston's Tropicana?

Ian Parker

BBC News

Several attempts have been made in the past to redevelop the former Tropicana outdoor swimming pool in Weston-super-Mare which closed in 2000. 

The derelict lido, which enjoyed its heyday in the 1960s, has been empty since 2000. 

Interior
BBC

Last summer for five weeks it was transformed into Dismaland, a "bemusement park" created by the street artist Banksy with more than 150,000 visitors and raising an estimated £20m for the town.

Dismaland
PA

Bus route with a view

We've been asking for your pictures of the English seaside and Stagecoach got in touch to tell us open-top buses have returned to Thanet in Kent.

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How would you sum up Margate in three words?

Here's the view of Wendy and Gregory.

And they really like the town.

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Southport's Victorian toilets turned into tearoom

Bronwyn Jones

BBC News

Turning toilets into tearooms might not be everybody's cup of tea, but Diana Clarke and her daughter Natalie saw promise in the beautiful building that housed Southport's old Victorian loos.

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After driving past the derelict site on the lower promenade for years, they have finally fulfilled their dream of renovating the toilet block, keeping many original features like the stained glass windows.

Now they're trying to find out more about its history.

Kings Gardens Tea Rooms
BBC

Beauty and the beach

BBC Weather Watchers

This picture of a child enjoying the sunset in Cowes on the Isle of Wight on Sunday was captured by Doctor K. 

Isle of Wight
BBC Weather Watchers/ Doctor K

Here are some more of your recent photos of the beautiful coastlines from across the UK.

Carry on carousel

Bronwyn Jones

BBC News

Clacton rock 'not selling like it used to'

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

I know I'm at work, but I couldn't resist sampling the local take on that great British seaside delicacy - a stick of rock.

Clacton rock
BBC

I got chatting to kiosk owner while making my selection. He didn't want to be named but said they don't sell anywhere near as much as they used to.

"They just aren't as popular," he said.

Newquay: 'Best surf in UK'

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

The number of events linked to Newquay's surf scene is helping to expand tourism beyond the traditional six-week summer holiday, according to a local business owner.

The Director of Newquay Activity Centre, Rob Barber, told me it was now being seen as a year-round past time.

Rob Barber thinks Newquay is a "fantastic coastal town"

'Youngsters on the coach trip'

Bronwyn Jones

BBC News

Lionel and Irene tell me they love the "clean" Southport beach.

Lionel and Irene in Southport
BBC

Nearly 70, they're the "youngsters on the coach trip".  

Busy streets in Skegness

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Skegness streets teeming with tourists

There's a lot of talk about seaside resorts not being as busy as usual but Skegness appears to be heaving today.

Newquay 'is not one of the UK's deprived seaside towns'

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

A local charter boat owner is one of a number of business owners who have told me that Newquay has improved hugely over the past few years.

They have suggested that recent reports that Britain's seaside towns are "tacky and run down" are not relevant to Cornwall, among them, Chris Lowe...

Tighter regulations mean a better destination for families

Braving a windswept Hayling Island

Marcus White

BBC News

A handful of families have been braving Hayling Island's stony beach, despite a stiff breeze today.

Madison Goodwin, Esme Tanner and their grandmother Wendy Overthrow from Evesham were feeling a bit windswept.

But Wendy's husband Gary, wearing just his shorts, isn't letting the breezy conditions get to him saying: "I like to just get away on holiday - it's nice to have a break."

Chilling out. Neatly.

Bethan Bell

BBC News Online

The seaside is a fab place if you're keen on sitting in a row.

These pictures were all taken within 15 minutes in Scarborough, where the beach-goers spurn deckchairs for the heady joys of lined-up sitting-down.

sitting down
BBC

Read more about the enduring appeal of the English seaside.

Seaham statue in sunshine

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to Dan Seaham Habour Lad for this striking image from Seaham in County Durham.

Seaham
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What's on offer at Clacton's biggest attraction?

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

After a cloudy morning, we're finally seeing some blue skies over Clacton and the pier is getting busier. 

At 360m (1,181ft) long, it might be dwarfed by its Southend neighbour at 2.16km (1.34 miles), but there is still plenty to do.

Pier entrance.
BBC

Those who like a bit of white-knuckle can enjoy various rollercoasters and amusements. 

Roller coaster
BBC

... or you can just grab an ice cream and enjoy the view. 

Pier view
BBC
View of Clacton
BBC

'A pit of everlasting squalor?'

BBC News England

According to a recent report, nine out of the 10 most deprived neighbourhoods in the UK are seaside communities.

About half of those questioned on behalf of holiday firm Butlins said they considered the seaside "a bit downmarket", with about 40% saying the British seaside was "tacky". 

Run down shop
BBC

This has been challenged, though, by the Mayor of Skegness who questions whether British seaside resorts really are "languishing in a pit of everlasting squalor". 

What do you think?

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'Vibrant' Newquay attracts repeat visitors

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

What is it about seaside towns that keeps some visitors returning year after year?

John Williams and his seven-year-old daughter Tegan, from Chelmsford, Essex have a caravan in a local holiday park and told me what keeps them coming back.

They love the resort and rarely go anywhere else