A skinny dipping event at Blackpool’s Sandcastle is causing major concern for residents over the safeguarding of children. The swim will occur this weekend and will be a ‘private event’ open to adults and children.
The naked swimmers will be sliding down the water slides and the wave machines.
There has also been a protest today outside the Sandcastle.
Emma Hadaway who started the petition said ” It has come to the attention of the public that Sandcastle Water Park in Blackpool, has allowed an event to be taken place at their venue for the past 10 years, with another one due this weekend! This event involves a naturist organisation to bring their whole families to a ‘naked swim’. This involves children! I truly believe this is a massive safeguarding issue, children being naked around adults neither their parents or themselves know! They are at risk of being subject to abuse by sex offenders who may slip in the organisation unnoticed! There is even an article regarding one of the previous members who helped run it admitting to sex offences! It may be a private event but children should be protected no matter what and should not be allowed at such events! The solution to this would be either to make it an 18s and over only event or to not allow the event to happen full stop.
I have absolutely nothing against naturists and their lifestyle choice except when it comes to the safety of children.”
Another resident Diane Davies said on her Facebook page “I have so many things I want to say about this!! Adults – yes fine do what you want but kids????!!!! This is just wrong.”