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British theme park's bare-chested men ban


'Wear your shirt' signs have appeared at a theme park in Southend in a bid to prevent male customers from stripping off in the sun.

Adventure Island has even hired security guards to make sure male visitors abide by the new dress code.

The rules have been put in place to make sure the venue remains "family-friendly" in the hot weather, the park said, as it advised men who want to "pose semi-naked" to head for one of the local beaches instead.

Managing director Marc Miller told The Essex Chronicle: "“We don’t have a strict dress code as such, but would like our male customers to show some decorum.

“In recent years, we’ve seen increasing numbers of lads and men whipping their tops off, eager to make the most of the sun."

He went on: “That’s absolutely fine in the right environment, but we try very hard to be a family-focused business and not everybody is a fan of bare chests.”

Stressing the initiative wasn't "a nightclub-style policy of no jeans or trainers", he added: "We’ll simply point out that if you want to pose semi-naked, then Southend has miles of glorious beaches on which to do that.”

Some male visitors may see the park as a safe place to go topless after it held a Naked Roller Coaster world record attempt in 2010, in which 102 people took part.

Adventure Island's Naked Roller Coaster world record attempt, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, in 2010

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