The north Wales town of Rhyl has been hit by a further decline in interest in the area as the tide has decided to stay out for good.
With the number of tourists dwindling since the 1960’s and growing economic decline it has reasoned that there is now little need to make an effort to come up to the shoreline.
“Rhyl is so depressing that the time has come to drift along to more attractive seaside towns where there’s less danger of sweeping in and then drawing back with a pile of human detritus. The closure of the Welsh Miner’s Holiday Centre was the first nail in the coffin followed by the demise of the last chippy on the promenade.” It said in a statement to the British Association of Seaside Towns.
However Rhyl’s town council chiefs have criticized the decision as a backward step and have urged the tide to turn again. “We are now consulting with Government advisor Mary Portas to see what we can do to make Rhyl a great place to visit. One suggestion she has come up with which might just work is to abandon the Welsh language and teach French to the locals to give the town a more continental feel. That and the importation of Riviera palms and the introduction of north African beach peddlars.”
But editor of The Independent Traveler, Simon Calder is slightly more dubious. “In my opinion Rhyl’s best option, with all of its boarded up properties, would be to stick to its ghost town image and offer itself as a location for the current craze for zombie films and Norwegian melodramas about serial killers.”
The tide has since offered to come back as a tsunami with town council chiefs weighing up the option.