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

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  1. 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

    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.

  2. 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. 

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    Video caption: Trader's views on Margate
  3. 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.

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    Video caption: Crowdfunder UK has expanded from 3 to 40 members of staff in three years
  4. 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.

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    Video caption: Visitors give their views on seaside town

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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

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

  7. 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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  8. 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

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

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

    Claire Cottingham

    A picture of Margate beach
    Image caption: 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
  10. 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

    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
  11. 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.  


     You can join Weather Watchers to share what it's like where you are.     

  12. 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.

  13. Business in Clacton 'on the up'

    Jack Warren

    BBC Local Live

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


    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

    "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."   

  14. #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.


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

    Druridge Bay

      Tweet your pictures to @BBCEngland with #EnglishSeaside.  

  15. '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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    Video caption: Rob and Amber's view of Margate
  16. 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
    The waltzers
    Log flume
  17. Kitesurfer's capital: Getting some air

    Marcus White

    BBC News

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

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    Video caption: 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.