Ruth Bloomfield

How ‘DFLs’ saved St Leonards

The Down-from-Londons have helped to transform this faded seaside town

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St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex [iStock]

Almost 30 years ago, my journalistic career began in the faded seaside town of St Leonards-on-Sea, where I spent six months undertaking a crash course in shorthand, typing and all the basic skills of local paper reportage. With no previous experience of just how dismal an out-of-season holiday town could be, my spirits were high on the trip down the A21 – an extended coastal sojourn sounded like fun.

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