Friday, 8 Dec 2023

The underrated seaside town named UK’s worst – but rock legend lives there

New research has revealed the UK’s “worst” seaside town – and a famous rock star counts themselves as one of its residents.

The embarrassing award was given to a South Coast town which is known for its ‘birdman’ competitions, and is also home to a controversial holiday resort.

Which? has recently updated its much-loved list of the country’s best and worst UK seaside towns, with Bognor Regis propping up the table, taking over from Worthing, reports SussexLive.

Bognor Regis was given “insufficient” in seven out of the eight categories that the survey considered. These included beaches, seafront/pier, food and drink, tourist attractions and scenery. Shopping, value for money and peace and quiet were also measured.

Overall, it scored 49 percent, tying it with Skegness as the UK’s worst.

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Nevertheless, it garnered both positive and negative reviews on Tripadvisor. David M said it was “terrible!”, describing Bognor Regis as a “run-down shabby town with nothing to do on the seafront”.

However, Gemma from Guildford gave the beach five stars out of five, saying it was “nice and clean” and “close to the shops and food places”. 

John-Cortin from Portsmouth described his visit as “fun-filled”, while a third gave their visit 5 stars.

Bognor Regis residents include Robert Smith, guitarist and singer of The Cure. The band had a string of hits including Boys Don’t Cry and Friday I’m in Love.

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The 64-year-old reportedly owns a home in the Aldwick Bay Estate, although he is known to be shy to interviews.

Bognor Regis is also home to plenty of coastal wildlife, including its seals and sharks which can sometimes be spotted. Any keen nature spotters can relax at the tranquil Butlins on the seafront.

Hotham Park and Marine Park Gardens are two beautiful green spaces for relaxation – and both are home to exciting crazy golf courses.

Finally, Bognor Regis is home to the International Birdman competition, where people jump off the pier in fancy dress.

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