Nudist beach plan for Seaton Carew
SUNSEEKERS at a popular stretch of beach could be in for more than they bargained for if a naturist group gets its way.
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#1 Aug 13, 2009
I have been a naturist for over 20 years. I was a bit of a swot at school and didn't really fit in. When I discovered naturism it was like being set free, because people accepted me for who I was - nothing more, nothing less, and even though I'm not a perfect physical specimen.
I still get that feeling of liberation today, whether I'm sunbathing nude in my back garden on my own, or naked at a sauna that our naturist group hire out every month.
I'm very open about it with friends, family and colleagues, but since one of my children was taunted about it, I'm more careful, and I don't want my name revealed outside of naturist circles.
According to an independent poll, around 2% of Britons describe themselves as naturist, meaning that there are over a million naturists in Britain. Like most pursuits, most participants are not members of clubs or national organisations, which remain small and without sufficient funds to fight for naturists' rights.
Naturists understand that some people might be upset by nudity, but we have generally become so frightened of offending anyone, or being misunderstood and labelled as a deviant, that we are prevented from exercising our lifestyle. We put up with councils providing virtually no facilities for us (for example - the nearest designated naturist beach is in Norfolk), whereas other minority groups or interests often have facilities put aside for them.
Times have moved on. Society is more accepting of lifestyle choices that would have been considered unacceptable a generation ago, even though some people may still be offended by them.
Most naturists don't wish to offend. The many tens of thousands of naturists in the North East just want a beach somewhere where they can gather and enjoy a day at the beach just like anyone else, but in the company of like-minded people and without causing offence or being troubled by the authorities. Wherever that beach is, the local economy will benefit, because we'll buy ice creams, buckets and spades, and fish & chips just like everyone else.
It may not be Seaton Carew but it should be somewhere.
In the 21st Century, this really isn't too much to ask for.
#2 Aug 14, 2009
this is the second time in history that Seaton Carew has become famous.last time was because of the Loony Canoeist, Darwin,wholived there in a secret room after "drowning".
#4 May 27, 2010
and ya tallywacker.............
#5 May 27, 2010
it is so cold in the North east that the nudists will all freeze to death. Perhaps they can have naked canoeing there.
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