200 naked people vs the police: The battle to be nude on East Yorkshire beach

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200 naked people vs the police: The battle to be nude on East Yorkshire beach
Fraisthorpe beach near Bridlington has long been associated with naturism

Despite being one of the East Yorkshire coast’s most popular picturesque beaches telling someone you are heading to Fraisthorpe will still produces a wry smile.

Today the beach is full of families and you can even enjoy a drink in the new Cow Shed Café.

A naked man sitting alone on the beach
A naked man sitting alone on the beach Getty Images

But for 30 years it was officially a naturist beach where you could go and strip bare without a care in the world.

But that all changed in the late 1990s.

We have taken a look back at this beauty spot’s chequered history. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Hull Daily Mail

Original publication 19 AUG 2018

Posted on NatCorn 12th September 2018

One Comment

  1. While all of the historical elements of your account of Fraisethorpe beach are correct, as with anything history is of the past and matters develop.
    Your accoung was notb thge end of the story of Naturist use of Fraisethorpe and far from it being a thing of the past the Naturist community still thrives at that location.
    It is true that the Local Aurhorityy removed the ‘official’ designation but neither the designation nor it’s removal hhad any status in law.
    Matters came to a head in mid-July 1003 with well over 200 hundred naturists on the beach when the Police helicopter was deployed on the Saturday & Sunday (I nbeing present on ythe latter). Some details of beach users were taken by foot patrols with no reason being given as to why.
    A complaing immediatly followed initiated by BN’s Yorkshire Regions Representative.
    Subsequent negotiations with Humberside Police ensued, complicated by the new Sexual Offences Act 2003 requiring interpretation as to the implications for naturism and public nudity. These culminated, after a meeting in the February of 2004 when clarification was able to be made and it was accepted that places such as Fraisethorpe were seen as ‘a place of traditional recreation’ and that situation pertains to this day.
    The beach from circa 500 metres South of Auburn Farm car park to Earls Dyke area is currently in use by naturists with a congenial co-existance between the clothes free community and local dog walkers, walkers & riders.
    I refer anyone interested to the College of Poklicing & CPS guidance on naturism and public nudity.

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