Clacton-on-Sea Warnings and Dangers

  • BEWARE - Clacton has some real 'mister Punch's'!
    BEWARE - Clacton has some real 'mister...
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    by arturowan Updated Apr 22, 2014

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    Clacton's a resort with either lovers or haters, I've not encountered many indifferent views to the place - I suppose this means it's a 'marmite' sort of place...
    Why so?
    In my opinion, those who love it, stay beside the seaside & do not venture too far into town, those who do, tend not to return...
    I meant a German girl, visiting England for the first time, a while ago, & she took a day trip in order to visit the 3 main peninsula resorts here, Walton, Frinton, & Clacton...
    Her view of the first 2 was favourable, but Clacton she loathed at first sight, & so it is with many others...
    & she did not experience what Clacton became well known for a decade ago - the beating up of foreign exchange students who come to the town from the Continent, for a fortnight each summer...
    It became such a regular event, you could set the summer holidays calendar by the bruisings, even if the sun did not oblige to shine on 'sunny Clacton by the sea'...
    & as well as the racial intolerance by the locals, there's a reputation for petty theft, drug dealing & glue sniffing...
    In some ways the reputation is akin to suchlike, eastern European resorts, & as when I was in 0dessa, last time I walked around the housing areas, I observed in most gardens, folk do not bother to remove litter, but just live with a few weeds poking through what looks like a landfill site...
    But also as with 0dessa, I myself have never encountered any of the crime associated with the resort - my only negative experiences is that of being followed, which is intimidating enough, but it never resulted in anything more...
    Clacton has a lot of idle youth, who when not picking on foreign exchange students to mug, just follow anybody whose face they do not regard as fitting on 'their territory'...
    Also, the Mayfield Chambers building in the town centre, near the Town Hall & library, houses folk with mental troubles, & they can behave as if they know you, or want to, & follow & pass strange comments...
    Mentioning the library, it now employs 2 floorwalkers to throw out drunks & other unwelcome visitors, so that in itself, I think, tells a lot about Clacton-0n-Sea as a town...

    BEWARE - Clacton has some real 'mister Punch's'!
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    Mussels, cockles and winkles...

    by aaaarrgh Updated Jun 26, 2006

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    Small shellfish generally look quite delightful and inoffensive unless they are removed from the sea, ripped from their tiny shells and sold in small polystyrene containers to hungry tourists. A naked, dead cockle looks repulsive and tastes of nothing except for seawater and sand. And plenty of vinegar, if you are wise enough to add it.

    If you are called "aaaarrgh", of sensitive disposition and foolish enough to buy a pot, you run the risk of getting a dodgy tummy... bluuurgh!!

    There are several stalls selling fresh shellfish at Clacton seafront. Cockles, muscles and winkles are part of the traditional seaside experience in England. I last ate a pot of dead shellfish when I was a child, probably on a visit to Blackpool. So why I thought they would have evolved into a tasty, nutritious delicacy over only a few decades, I have no idea.

    The pots varied in price, generally around 2 to 3 GBP. There are also other shellfish on sale, such as fresh crab, but I cannot guarantee it is sand-free either.

    My advice would be to find a nice cafe that sells scampi and chips, with plenty of ketchup ;-)

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