Skegness has been accused of staging a dirty tricks campaign against rival seaside resorts by publishing adverts showing Brighton and Blackpool riddled with graffiti. East Lindsay Council came up with the ads to promote an arts festival in Skegness later this month.
These pictures were meant to appear in local papers in Blackpool and Brighton today, but they refused to run them.
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