‘I visited one of UK’s
A seaside town voted one of the UK’s ‘worst’ proved to be the exact opposite for one family who claim it is one of the best.
Writing in YorkshireLive journalist Megan Shaw said she took her son to Bridlington, East Yorks, for the first time after it was voted Yorkshire’s ‘worst seaside town’.
Drug problems, economic decline and poor healthcare facilities were some of the issues blamed for the ranking of the seaside settlement home to more than 30,000 people.
And it was feared tourists were coming in fewer numbers to enjoy the sandy beaches and stunning coastal walks looking out on the North Sea.
Last month Express.co.uk reported the once popular seaside town in the East Riding of Yorkshire was dying a slow death after being abandoned by hundreds of businesses due to a high crime rate and poor maintenance.
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Eddy Haliday, a business owner from Bridlington spoke about the deteriorating condition of the town. He told Express.co.uk: “There are several reasons behind the town dying a slow death. The crime rate in Bridlington is continually getting higher and we don’t see police doing much about it.”
But commenting on her visit with her three-year-old son Megan said Bridlington, or Brid as it colloquially known, defied the negative reviews.
She said: “To me, it felt like a traditional, charming little family-friendly seaside town. And if my little one has anything to do with it, we’ll certainly be back again.”
Perks of the town tourists can enjoy include £50-a-day ‘stylish beach huts’ to rent which each include an “individual little square paddling pool at the front”.
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When purchasing the obligatory bucket and spade from a shop, Megan added: “The staff were so friendly and seemed to genuinely enjoy having a chat with customers, especially the children, who they were more than happy to engage with and show the beach toys on offer.
“The prices were really reasonable too in comparison to some tourist shops that make the most of the poor tourists who have forgotten the essentials and have no other choice.”
Bridlington is also a favourite spot for bird watchers who flock to the town to enjoy the stunning escarpments at nearby RSPB Bempton Cliffs.
The rocky outcrops are home to thousands of seabirds including puffins, gannets and guillemots.
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