Bank Holiday weekend sees Brits head to beaches to bask in the sun

People flocked to the West country like here at the pier in Swanage, Dorset (Picture: Geoffrey Swaine/REX/Shutterstock)

The country has been blessed with a Bank Holiday weekend and the weather to go with it.

Deckchairs, BBQs and bikinis were all on display on Saturday.

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The mercury soared to the mid twenties and people were certainly making the most of it.

There was some concern from the public following the terrible Manchester terrorist attacks.

But in a message to the public, Mark Rowley, the UK’s most senior counter-terrorism officer, said: ‘Go out as you planned and enjoy yourselves.’

Sunseekers relax in deckchairs at Cullercoats Bay in North Tyneside (Picture: North News)
Bournemouth looked more like a Californian beach than the Dorset coast (Picture: SWNS)
The warmth was matched with humidity like here in Peveril Point in Dorset (Picture: Geoffrey Swaine/REX/Shutterstock)
Lyme Regis in Dorset saw the beach packed with bathers (Picture: Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Weston-super-Mare saw people take their spades to the beach (Picture: Ben Birchall/PA Wire)

As people heeded the advice, British beaches got a well deserved publicity boost.

This week environmentalists raised concerns that British beaches are the second filthiest, with only Ireland having a higher proportion of dirty beaches.

There were 20 sites not fit for public bathing, research found.

But nothing held back the British public from racing to the first available deckchair.

The local beach was filled with loyal sunseekers (Picture: Ben Birchall/PA Wire)
Brighton beach was filled with people from across the region (Picture: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire)
Lilos, sunscreen and beer bellies were on display on the beach (Picture: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire)
This women took two deck chairs to fully soak up the rays (Picture: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire)
A couple look on at the seat in Brighton (Picture: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire)
Londoners took to Green Park (Picture: Carl Court/Getty Images)

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