UKs worst seaside town that has no past, no entertainment, no fun

The life of those living inside the UK's worst seaside town has been revealed.

For most people not living in this country, seaside towns are often thought of as a thing of beauty where you can spend hours sitting on a deckchair while eating ice cream until the sun sets.

But for many, the reality is very different.

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Denbighshire in Rhyl, Wales, has been labelled as the worst seaside in the UK by the Telegraph's new Seaside Gentrification Index.

In total, 20 different seaside resorts were looked at – including runners-up South Shields, Blackpool, Southport and Scarborough – to find out how they had adapted to the ever-changing world of the last three decades.

And in Rhyl's case . . . it hasn't, as The Daily Mirror's Saffron Otter found out.

She took a trip to the beleaguered town and found that it was full of “bargain shops, charity shops, the odd takeaway and beauty salon”.

And one local, who refused to be named, really laid into the town.

He said: “It used to be nice and open, you could see through to the seafront, now there are all of these buildings.

"When you've got adverts in the prisons in Manchester saying 'go live in Rhyl by the sea'… You won't get the guest houses back on the front, you can't turn the clock back. It's just one of those things."

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Another called it "drab", while a Telegraph review of it said that it had “no past, no arts or entertainment, no fun”.

The town has been a whopping £85million's worth of investment by the Government to try and restore it to its former glory.

Boasting a population of around 25,000, the town does have some things going for it, however, such as the oldest field hockey club in Wales formed in 1890.

It also has a church dating back to 1860, if you're into historical bits.

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There's also a pier which opened in 1867 – although most of it was knocked-down in 1973.

Not all the locals are so down on it, however.

One woman, Michelle Clarke, said: “I just love the calmness of the sea, it's beautiful. You can even see the I'm A Celebrity castle – it's amazing when it's all lit up at night.

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“There is a bad reputation with druggies, too many shops are shutting, it has gone downhill. But if it had the money, Rhyl will be back on the map again."

And another anonymous bloke said: “You could put Rhyl into any major city, Manchester, London, and it would be paradise.

“It has a bad reputation but as far as I'm concerned, it's a nice place. There is never any trouble in the town, prices are reasonable.

“There is good and bad in everywhere. Rhyl is turning the corner.”


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