Resort bans beach photography

By Jim Wright

A freelance photographer has found himself in hot water – for taking unauthorised photographs on Cleethorpes beach.

John Byford – who sells to newspapers, magazines, agencies and
consumer businesses – went to the north-east Lincolnshire resort to
take stock pictures of a two-day seafront kite festival.

But he was forbidden from doing so by event organisers in case children were inadvertently included in any of his shots.

Byford, who is also a town councillor at nearby Skegness, said: “I was
surprised and somewhat upset – I thought the restriction was unduly
harsh. “It was a colourful event and I wanted some shots for my stock

I wouldn’t have taken pictures of children without the permission of their parents.

“A security guard told me I wouldn’t even be permitted to take pictures from the tideline.

“To treat every photographer as a potential paedophile struck me as a sad reflection on modern society.

“At this rate, there will be no photographic record of British beach life in the first half of the 21st century.”

spokesman for North East Lincolnshire Council, which organised the
event, commented: “We regret any inconvenience caused to bona fide
photographers, but the safety and welfare of visitors has to be our
first priority.”

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