Sunbathers in seaside town say if lockdown works, it won’t be because of ‘confusing and hypocritical’ official advice
It is officially bikini weather in Clacton-on-Sea and by midday on Friday, west beach begins filling with families and day trippers, awkwardly attempting to make space away from one another as they sun on the sand.
“Lockdown is over,” says John Comber, tapping on a cigarette. At 74, Comber says he is sticking to the rules but isn’t worried too much about catching the virus. “Death will be one thing or another and I think coronavirus has been overrated.” He has taken a break from his daily walk to rest on a bench with his partner Tracey. A former Monster Raving Loony party member, he has lived in the Essex coastal town for around 25 years and like 70% of residents, he voted for Brexit.