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Friday, 13 April, 2001, 15:18 GMT 16:18 UK
Picture gallery: Easter holidays
It's a crucial weekend for the countryside.

The tourism industry is relying on a busy Easter to boost businesses hit by the foot-and-mouth crisis.

As millions set off on their travels, rural areas held their breath - would numbers swell on the biggest holiday weekend of the year so far, or would people head abroad instead.

BBC News Online shows the Good Friday picture across the UK.

Traffic on the M6 in the Midlands
Traffic was busy on the country's motorways as thousands of people went on their travels.

A beach in Bournemouth
But many beaches, such as this one in Bournemouth, were empty as thousands went abroad for the sun.

People queuing at the Tower of London
In cities, however, the tourist trade was busy - hundreds of people queue outside the Tower of London.

A punt chauffeur in Cambridge
Others were not so fortunate - this punt chauffeur in Cambridge reads the paper as he waits for trade.

Visitors queue on disinfectant mats at West Midlands Safari Park
Many attractions, such as West Midlands Safari Park, have re-opened but are still imposing restrictions.

A little girl climbs a fence in the Scottish borders
There are some visitors to the countryside but rural businesses say they will suffer massive losses.

Britney Spears
Britney is not visiting the countryside, but has been suggested as a better way than MPs to draw visitors.

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