The ‘selfie benches’ – what Porthcawl Shout knew – A letter from the over-50s group

Friday, 15 April 2016

By GEM Community Correspondent

in Local People

It has been quite unbelievable to note the national coverage that the two new seats positioned opposite the Seabank have received.

The press (including media and national press coverage) have drawn attention to the seats facing the Seabank – not out to sea.

Your readers may already appreciate that the seats in question are in fact a modern replica of the Serpent benches which BCBC lost 2 years ago.

Readers may also recall that Gary Victor, chairman of Porthcawl SHOUT, originally found a ‘serpent bench’ in the grounds of the Rest Home and we soon discovered a similar bench in a bad state of repair near the Ocean View Flats.

Porthcawl SHOUT were tireless in pressing BCBC to renovate the unusual antique seats and to reposition them in a prominent position in our town.

After nearly two years, and an admission that the originals had been lost from their storage yard in Bridgend, a compromise was reached and new serpent-like seats were eventually acquired.

We agreed with BCBC the present location but as Gary Victor has already confirmed, no way did we suggest the seats should face away from the sea.

To be fair, it should be stated that at the time the seats were positioned, the sea view would have been largely obstructed by a line of tree foliage which has since been removed.

We applaud Bridgend Tourist Board for suggesting the ‘selfie seat’ as this has resulted in such major publicity for the town of Porthcawl.

There must now be a case for one selfie seat to remain for a short time whilst it remains a tourist attraction but ultimately Porthcawl SHOUT would expect both seats to look out to sea as was originally intended.

Clive Mort

Porthcawl SHOUT

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