Sun's out, bums out: Naturists enjoy the weather on the beach at St Annes

Nudists are making the most of warm spring bank holiday sunshine to enjoy a get-together behind the sand dunes on the beach at St Annes today.

Saturday, 5th May 2018, 2:01 pm
Updated Saturday, 5th May 2018, 2:11 pm
Naturists on the beach at St Annes on Saturday, May 5, 2018. From left-right: George Booth from Fleetwood, Les Vincent, Ron O'Hare, and Alain, who declined to give his surname

The British Naturism beach day will see the group strip off and embrace their natural beauty on Saturday, hours before a naked swim at Poulton’s swimming pool.

It’s something they do on the first Saturday of each month during the summer, and most people who encounter them don’t bat an eyelid, George Booth said.

The 60-year-old chairman of the Blackpool and The Fylde Sun Club and British Naturism volunteer, from Fleetwood (inset), said: “We’re just enjoying the sunshine and the fresh air on our skin.

“It’s not a problem. People accept people being naked, I’m sure.

“The weather forecast wasn’t brilliant, and that put a few people off. We’d like a bit more, obviously.”

When asked what makes a naturist, he said: “If you asked a thousand naturists, you’d get a 1,000 different answers. Naturism is different to everybody.

“Some people just enjoy naturism around their home, some people only on holiday, others just want to live naked all the time.”

And he said his wife sometimes takes part.

“She comes down sometimes with me and joins me.

“There’s no law against simple nudity in the UK. If you’re doing it with the intent of causing alarm or distress, then it’s a different thing. But we are just going about our daily business. Most people don’t bother. Some will look away. But we have got windbreakers up.

“If people want to come and have a chat and find out a bit more about it, they can.”

He added: “People just can’t separate nudity and sex. There will be people in the sand dunes tonight having sex, and people can’t separate us from them.

“Just because we wear the same uniform, doesn’t mean we’re all the same.”