05/08/2013 08:36 BST | Updated 05/08/2013 08:40 BST

Blackpool, Great Yarmouth, Clacton-On-Sea And Margate Then And Now (PICTURES)

Seaside resorts
  • Britain's seaside towns have become 'a dumping ground'

Crowds used to flock to Britain's seaside towns, with the likes of Blackpool and Great Yarmouth seen as the most fashionable place for a break on the beach.

But their demise has been brutal, with the rise of cheap foreign travel drawing visitors away.

Now a report has claimed the resorts are being used as 'dumping grounds' for welfare claimants and other vulnerable people, with some of the worst deprivation in the country.

Here's how some of them have changed over the years.

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