A British seaside resort has been dubbed "the Las Vegas of the UK" – but not everybody is sure it deserves that title.

One local business owner in Skegness, Lincolnshire, went as far as to spend £36,000 on a replica of the Las Vegas sign that reads: "Welcome to Fabulous Skeg Vegas, not in Nevada."

Skegness Raceway Stadium bosses said when it was erected last year: "With the current tough times we are all going through we decided to put a smile on everyone’s face and put something back into the community, oh and also light up the sky!"

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However, not everyone seems to come away from Skegness' arcades, beaches and boozers with a smile on their face.

A one-star review of Skegness beach on TripAdvisor slammed it as the "filthiest beach" the reviewer had ever seen.

"Everybody was complaining about it. Lovely sandy beach spoilt by all the rubbish people leave behind on it. Absolutely covered with discarded plastic bottles, half eaten trays of food, even towels and shoes," it read.

"Same with the streets in the town. Wherever you look it is covered with litter."

Another one-star review took aim at the clientele of Skegness beach.

It read: "We were close to this hole on holiday and decided to visit for the day, we wish we hadn't bothered. Most were minging horrible cannabis smoking cretins. We hated the whole place and ended up staying less than an hour."

A third one-star review described venturing to the seaside town as "like entering the Twilight zone". It stated that, although the "beach appears to be clean", the town itself "had a cheap nasty run down feel".

It continued: "Everywhere was dirty, shops sold a mix of ice cream and slush with shots.

"Let's get the parents pissed and it won't look so bad perhaps?

"Everything looked like it was probably in need of renewing 20 years ago but disguised under cheap food, thumping music and plastic seating."

Despite these downbeat reviews, Skegness has a lot to offer visitors with activities such as ten pin bowling, climbing and laser quest available.

For animal lovers, there is the Nautureland Seal Sanctuary, an aquarium and traditional seaside donkey rides.

The town also hosts cabaret nights throughout the year.

One TripAdvisor reviewer who went in October last year rated Skegness five stars. They wrote: "It is an amazing place, everywhere is so clean and tidy. You can walk for miles and enjoy this wonderful place. To me it's like a proper English seaside."

Another reviewer said their party enjoyed Skegness so much "that we spent three days in a row at the beach".

A third five-star reviewer had clearly read other reviews before visiting, but was pleasantly surprised.

They said: "Wasn't sure what to expect at Skegness but knew it was quite a typical British seaside resort with kiss me quick / candy floss / funfair etc.

"We were surprised that it all looked quite tidy and not run down like some other seaside places."

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