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Introducing Weymouth

Stripey deckchairs, candy-floss stalls, rickety windbreaks and Punch & Judy booths line the beachfront at the well-worn seaside town of Weymouth, once a favoured holiday haunt of the English gentry, and now more popular with bawling nippers, family day-trippers and members of the blue rinse brigade. Depending on your point of view, it’s either a glorious example of British kitsch or a soulless summation of everything that’s wrong with the domestic seaside experience. Whatever you make of the present-day town, Weymouth looks set for a massive transformation over the next five years, having been chosen as the sailing centre for the 2012 Olympics.