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Clacton ranked in ‘best places to live by the sea’ by The Sunday Times

PUBLISHED: 14:46 23 July 2018 | UPDATED: 14:46 23 July 2018

Clacton's 'bucket-and-spade' beaches were praised by the newspaper Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

Clacton's 'bucket-and-spade' beaches were praised by the newspaper Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

PAVEL.KRICKA@btinternet.com

It’s a seaside resort that draws in tens of thousands of people every summer – with its flagship beaches and iconic pier, Clacton has long been a magnet for tourists far and wide.

Clacton Pier, which has undergone a multi-million pound revamp this year Picture: TENDRING DISTRICT COUNCILClacton Pier, which has undergone a multi-million pound revamp this year Picture: TENDRING DISTRICT COUNCIL

Now it has appeared in a list of Britain’s best places to live by the sea – and picked as a top spot to make a year-round home.

The Sunday Times included Clacton in a line-up of the title’s favourite coastal communities to enjoy all year round this weekend, praising its sandy beaches and no-fuss fish and chips.

“If you want bright sunshine with a bit of edge, why not go the whole hog, bag a deckchair and watch gentrification in action,” the newspaper wrote.

Lower than average property values were highlighted – “you can snap up a starter flat for less than £100,000” – while Clacton’s links to Colchester and its top-performing schools were also mentioned.

Tendring council leader Neil Stock said: “I am delighted. Clacton has got its challenges, as all seaside resorts have.

“It’s a great place to call home, it’s not far from London and you can easily commute.

He added: “Clacton is a glorious place to live and I’m glad it’s finally being recognised.”

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