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Self-styled 'selfie bench' bemuses tourists

The bench is facing inland not out to sea to the amusement of visitors Credit: ITV News

A so-called 'selfie bench' has captured the attention of bemused tourists after it was positioned facing away from a popular seaside view, not towards it.

However despite its awkward positioning visitors to the bench in Porthcawl, Wales, which is one of two that were put in place facing inland, have been able to see the funny side of the siting gaffe and joked it did still offer a good view just one of "traffic passing by" not calming waves.

Well it does seem a bit strange doesn't it, you can sit here and get a good view of the traffic passing by.

– Frank Sharman
  • Video report by ITV News Wales Correspondent Rupert Evelyn.

Council bosses were initially criticised for the benches earlier this month but now it seems everyone has got used to the unusual new tourist attraction.

Even the town's Mayor has seen the amusement factor of the strange new benches, admitting that renaming the seats as "self-styled selfie benches" was a genius marketing move.

Mayor David Newton-Williams told ITV News: "I think it deserves 10 out of 10 for that, it was an off the cuff remark I'm sure but suddenly it's become "I thought of that a long time ago"."