Saturday, 12 May 2012

Brighton bares all back in 1979

Way back in 1979, Brighton became the first major resort in Britain to officially set aside part of its seafront to nudists. Following a concerted campaign by local councillor Eileen Jakes, the council tonight agreed to set aside a 200-yard (183m) stretch of the beach solely for nude bathers.
The 59-strong Tory controlled-council in Brighton was split down the middle, but following a trip to the site by a working party, the proposals were passed. Situated to the east of Palace Pier between Peter Pan's playground and the marina, the beach will be opened as an experiment for one year.

The area is screened from the road by shingle and a double row of signs, soon to be erected around the area at a cost of £600, will warn other bathers that they are approaching a nudist area.

I remember going there many years ago and inadvertently sitting in the 'nudist zone' only to discover - much to my horror - that naked frisbee seemed to be the order of the day.


The Class of 1979