Seafront benches in Porthcawl facing the wrong way dubbed ‘selfie’ seats

Seafront benches ridiculed for facing the wrong way
The backwards bench (Picture:

Selfie culture has even infected seafront benches.

A council in Wales installed two seats facing the road, apparently to give people weary of the ocean view another option – and allow them to comfortably take a seaside selfie.

But it hasn’t gone down too well with residents of Porthcawl, a seaside town near Bridgend in Wales.

People have pointed out they would rather look at waves lapping the shore than cars driving past, even it it means they have to crane around to take a picture.

Not everyone, though. Some people (and dogs) are loving the selfie seat:

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Director of Bridgend Tourism Association Hugh Murray said: ‘We are inviting anyone visiting Porthcawl’s esplanade to take their own bench selfie and share it on social media using the hashtag #SelfieBench.’

Of course, it’s most likely PR spin on an awkward mistake – but bizarre as it may seem, lots of people love the ‘selfie bench’ and are sharing their photos.

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Been down to investigate the #SelfieBench #Porthcawl #Bridgend #Wales

A photo posted by Mark Blackmore (@dimexcuses) on Apr 14, 2016 at 9:31am PDT

But after a backlash, the council said it would turn one of the two new benches around. One would stay backwards, however, to give people a choice.

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