Skegness was ranked the worst coastal town in the UK in a national survey, and the people of Lincolnshire have had their say on it.
Skegness was labelled the worst seaside town in the country by a national poll conducted by consumer magazine Which?.
The survey found that facilities scored one star out of five, with the only parameter scoring above the minimum score — the beach itself, which got three.
Mablethorpe and Cleethorpes also ranked very low down the list, making it a disappointing showing for Lincolnshire’s coastal areas.
Lincolnshire Reporter’s story was much debated by local readers.
Michael Clayton didn’t trust the results, saying: “This survey must have been done by someone that has never been there.
“Everything you want from a seaside resort is there, especially if you have children.”
Matt Brocklesby said: “There’s nothing wrong with the place. Yeah it’s no Cornwall, but it’s clean, tidy, and there’s plenty to do.
“It was very busy when I went, so clearly not everyone thinks this.”
There were, however, some who couldn’t really argue with the ranking.
James Turner said: “From a person who lives there, it’s bang on,” while Pete Booth commented that he’s “not shocked” as “it does need a bit of a facelift.”
Nicole Brown agreed that the towns needed improvement: “The beaches are lovely on the east coast, but all the towns need fully revamping, especially Skegness and Mablethorpe.”
There was a sense of home town pride for others, who took the satirical approach.
Alison Plastow questioned the credentials of top 10 ranked beach St Andrews in Fife, saying: “There’s not one donkey in St Andrews. Nor have I ever seen a stick of rock with Fife written in it!”