We do still love to be beside the seaside

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The English Riviera has always been good for people’s health. ALAN PAYLING

Alan Payling considers the everlasting appeal of the seaside holiday, looking at why it has been so popular for so long – and why it will continue to appeal well into the future

I have heard some people pass comment on the future of the seaside holiday suggesting that a tour to the coast has passed or is approaching its sell by date. I’m not so sure. Living in a place like the English Riviera in South Devon, I do tend to take it for granted how lucky I am to live in such a lovely place. Many people are not so fortunate to live in such beautiful surroundings. I became aware of how popular the seaside still is a while ago. I was doing some work for a company who at the time had a hotel and two coaches in Torquay. As a resort-based driver, I had to travel north every Saturday to take a group home. I then had to position on Sunday morning in another part of the north for line of route pick-ups for another group heading to the West Country for their week by the sea.
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