Clacton-on-Sea: Twinned with Camberwell

Camberwell sits in the middle of the London Borough of Southwark. Clacton-on-Sea is in Tendring, Essex.

In the recent EU referendum Southwark was the 14th most Remain part of Britain, whilst Tendring was the 14th most Leave area in the country.

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Clacton-on-Sea: Twinned with Camberwell

As someone who loves Camberwell, and the EU, I see and hear the arguments and reasons why places like Clacton wanted to leave the EU but I don’t necessarily understand them. I live a very different life in an inner city neighbourhood to coastal town in Essex.

 

How did people in both areas come to their decision to leave or remain? How did our country become so divided? Is there a way to heal the divisions and respect the other’s decision?

Camberwell: Twinned with Clacton-on-Sea. Populated by giants.

I’d love to find out.

This is not an exercise in trying to change people’s mind.

This is not an exercise in blaming the other side of the debate for the result.

I am organising an exchange visit with people from both towns to visit our respective neighbourhoods.

I am looking for LEAVE voters from Clacton and REMAIN voters from Camberwell who would be willing to share their experiences of their lives, why they live where they live, their jobs, their friends and neighbours,

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their attitude to politics and politicians, and why they voted the way they did.

I would love to organise an exchange trip where myself and others can show you around my beloved Camberwell, show Clactonites the sights, meet some wonderful people and hopefully residents of Clacton can host some Camberwellians in their home town and show off what is best about their corner of Essex.

I want to understand more about the lives of people outside the London bubble and hopefully people from Clacton would like to find out a bit more about us! This may not make either of us change our minds, but would hopefully help heal the differences between the two sides and respect the other’s decision.

Camberwell Green

As a photographer, I would like to photograph and film the people involved and document the discussions so hopefully you would be happy to be involved in this process.

I am planning to organise the trips sometime in July and August, (and hopefully have a lovely time by the sea if the sun ever comes to visit!)

If you have any questions, please get in touch. You can email me on hello@​photosbytomtom.​com or call me on 07939 250935.

Thank you and see you soon in Clacton-on-Sea / Camberwell!

Tom Leighton

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4 thoughts on “Clacton-on-Sea: Twinned with Camberwell”

  1. I’ve got a lot of problem with what’s happened to me, to US.

    We’ve been exploited by a few unreconstructed spoiled Tory toddlers playing politics with the emotional equilibrium of the British people like it’s shit in a sandpit. What’s happened is a colossal, unprecedented, unforgivable cultural crime that absolutely must be paid for with punitive damages, plus interest, while being made good.

    The only positive thing about the train wreck of civil society these irresponsible narcissistic prancing preening utter pricks have done is stir up the fetid stinking rancid racist viscera of this backwater of civilisation and brought the filth to the surface where we can see it. The clean up job is going to take a generation or more but at least it may lead to a more authentically tolerant and pluralistic country than the lie we’ve lived in our bottled up pressurised ‘politically correct gone mad’ Trumpton populated by the likes of cuntofcunts Farage and popinjay Johnson.

    JUST SAYING

  2. I am very fond of Clacton. Me and my friend Gordon went there on a situationist outing, particularly to see its famous neighbour Jaywick. Gordon is dead now, but he is still a friend and not as dead as Jaywick.

    I would be immensely surprised if you can get anyone to visit Camberwell. They would not like it because it is full of foreigners — this would be immediately apparent to them by the foreighers’ busy and intelligent demeanour.

    I would quite welcome an expenses-paid trip to Clacton, though, as it is a rather jolly place despite being incredibly depressed. I would be happy to represent Camberwell and Remain there and promulgate the merits of both.

    Je suis European. Je ne suis pas Borisien. No soy farrago.

    I’m sure a group of us, twirling our silver-topped ebony canes, leading our lobsters on silk-ribbon leads and quoting “Les Fleurs du Mal”, can convince the wary, hermit-crab-like Clactonians that progressive politics are superior to the recessive notions of Gove and his ilk.

  3. + STOP PRESS + LYNDHURST PRIMARY SCHOOL FAIR TODAY 3-6PM + BUY BOOKS TO READ FOR WHEN LECCIE PACKS UP + FOOD, FIZZ & FUN + FESTIVAL THEME + COME AND LOOK AT THE YOUNG WHILE THERE STILL ARE SOME +

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