Beach versus seaside: part one
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4 July 2016
Photo: Karen Roe
In the first of a two-part episode we investigate the difference between the beach and the seaside, two coastal cultures that are quite different despite both involving sand and sea. This week it’s the seaside's turn. We speak to writer and cultural historian Travis Elborough and visit Margate on the southeast English coast to see how an influx of creativity has revitalised the town.
4 July 2016
Photo: Robert Pittman
Writer and cultural historian Travis Elborough is the author of ‘Wish You Were Here’, a book about the invention of the seaside and how its fortunes have changed over the years. Travis and Rob roll up their trousers and gingerly dip their toes into the water.
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When you talk about British seaside towns the words “old” and “faded” are often thrown around. Plenty of the places that boomed a few decades ago fell into disrepair as cheap European flights were introduced and people ditched the piers and promenades for more exotic destinations. We visit Margate – a Kentish town on the southeast coast – and learn about its artistic history and new lease of life.
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