Tourism chiefs in Southend On Sea have announced that three beaches on the seafront will run a trial this summer where ladies will be asked to cover up while sunbathing. According to an email that has been seen by Southend News Network, these so-called ‘Modesty Beach Areas’ will be set up to attract visitors from all over the UK who may be uncomfortable with the sight of ‘excessive bare female skin’ for a number of either cultural or religious reasons.
Diane Verss is head of the Working Group for Southend Tourism Inclusion and Equality, and she accepted our request for an interview. She said: ‘We asked 500 people from East London and North London if they would consider a visit to the beach at Southend, and 37% said that they didn’t want to be exposed to Essex-based female flesh and have been choosing Brighton or Eastbourne instead. This got us thinking, and within a few minutes of receiving the report we decided that the town could benefit from three dedicated beaches where ladies are required to cover up for the overall enjoyment of everyone in the area. Privacy screens will be erected
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