An epidemic of decency has hit Europe. Bands of revellers dressed in top hats and outrageous “mankini” male swimwear (as popularised by Borat – aka Sacha Baron Cohen) can no longer rage through the English seaside town of Newquay in Cornwall.
Another big English resort, Blackpool, is thinking of banning the mankini as well. And in continental Europe, a major Spanish resort has cracked down on people running naked through the streets, urinating in public and leaping from balconies into crowds below.
Newquay police say a recent move to ban mankinis (see photo) has contributed to an overall improvement in behaviour. Visitors can still wear top hats, but not in conjunction with mankinis. Families find the sight of bands of men dressed in mankinis offensive.
While the mankini is occasionally seen in Europe, only the English see fit to wear it with top hats.
Newquay civic officials say a move to ban Borat-style mankinis has shifted the town’s reputation from debauchery, exhibitionism, buck’s nights and hen parties to family-friendly fun, which in turn is helping tourism revenue.
Meanwhile, in a new bid to clean up the seedy image of the Spanish resort town of Magaluf, police there will fine people caught naked in the streets up to EUR 3000.
Heavy fines will also apply to those found urinating in public or “balconing” – a craze which involves leaping drunkenly from hotel balconies. Some “balconers” are naked, or wearing mankinis.
Magaluf, on the Spanish holiday island of Mallorca, will ban alcohol consumption in the street between 10pm and 8am. Shops will no longer be able to sell alcohol after midnight. The town will impose strict new rules on pub-crawls. Organisers will be limited to no more than one pub-crawl a day with a maximum of 20 participants.
The new rules take force today.
Magaluf’s reputation sank to a new low last year when a video clip went viral, showing an 18-year-old woman publicly performing sex acts on men in return for free drinks.
Written by Peter Needham