A Landore family have created a stir after sitting in the section of Langland beach that only locals are allowed to sit in.
The Bowen family visited the beach for the first time last weekend, usually opting for Caswell Bay, but as the car park was full they decided to visit Langland instead.
Langland resident Theresa Connell said: “It’s an unwritten but established rule, if you live in SA3 you sit on the side where the surf hut is. If you live anywhere else you sit on the side by the hole in the wall and all the rocks.
“I was sat in the Surfside Cafe when I clocked them and I immediately knew something wasn’t right.
“Maybe it was the way they didn’t fawn over the old guys who used to surf who always stand by the slip, maybe it was the clothing from multiple value retailers.
“I pointed them out to my friend and she confirmed my fear, they were townies. You think you’ve been shocked before, but then you see someone unpacking towels and pastry goods from a Lidl bag on our side of the beach.
“Everyone in the cafe, staff included, headed to the outside seating area to watch what was about to unfold next. The children didn’t even have any Quicksilver on and we all agreed it’s what watching the Calais jungle must have been like.”
Dad Pete Bowen said: “Who knew a beach could have a class divide? We had what felt like a hundred and one judgemental eyes on us.
“I really wanted a can of Carling and a rolly but I don’t think that would’ve gone down too well, especially after the audible shock I heard when I brought out the polystyrene surf board.
“We knew we had to leave but couldn’t face walking past them all so we walked across the beach and were met by some of our own, they were so relaxed and didn’t even tut when I revealed my Primark speedo style trunks.
“It was a strange experience, the beach is supposed to be fun but it was so territorial.”
Theresa added: “I think we sent out a clear message today. Townies aren’t welcome this side of the beach.
“Take your supermarket brand crisps elsewhere please. It’s prosecco, credit card debt and broken dreams only down here.”
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