'Wrong way' seaside bench becomes 'world's first' selfie bench

What was possibly Britain's "daftest" seaside bench has been rebranded "the world's first" selfie bench.

Council bosses were criticised earlier this month for siting two new benches facing away from the seaside at Porthcawl near Bridgend.

Walkers wanting a seaside sit down cannot take in the stunning coastal views because the seats face a road.

The benches cost a reported £500 each and face the road. Credit: Peter Bolter

In response to the stinging criticism local tourism chiefs have announced that they are now in fact home to the UK’s first dedicated ‘selfie bench’.

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Credit: Peter Bolter

Bridgend County Council, which last year hosted 'The Only Way is Essex' for a one-off Wales based special, says the 'selfie bench' offers the perfect opportunity for visitors to share the gorgeous coastal backdrop with their online followers.

Credit: Peter Bolter
The perfect selfie! Credit: Peter Bolter