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In pictures: British seaside history
After the war 

The outbreak of World War II brought fundamental changes to Britain's seaside resorts.

Beaches were cordoned off - with rolls of barbed wire, concrete blocks and minefields to deter invaders. Sections of piers were removed for similar reasons.

Many properties, especially in the South East, were damaged or destroyed. Others fell into disrepair as they lay empty for years.

Peace saw the crowds return to the beaches. But many hotels were divided into flats as visitors opted for B&Bs or campsites instead.

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