By John Harding
A weird mix of staunch conservatism and liberal freedom. It’s a country that can host the multicultural splendour of the Notting Hill Carnival, the diverse Edinburgh Fringe and the fantastic Hay-on-Wye literary festival. It’s a melting pot of cultures and attitudes, and a land which seems to embrace … almost everything.
Except naturism; we lag behind our European cousins with their care-free, laissez-faire attitude towards a clothes-free lifestyle. However, the laws in the United Kingdom that address naturism are clear: it is not illegal. Indeed, this may come as a shock to many. Perhaps they only ever see naked people in public when a sozzled sports supporter streaks at a sporting event and is subsequently arrested. Perhaps they buy into the myth that it is “indecent exposure” or perhaps they just believe because of their years of conditioning it must be illegal.
But it isn’t.
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