Strippers in Seaton - are you lapping it up?

PUBLISHED: 14:22 15 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:42 15 June 2010

With strippers recently performing in Seaton, opinions have been divided over the suitability of the saucy source of entertainment for the town.

With strippers recently performing in Seaton, opinions have been divided over the suitability of the saucy source of entertainment for the town.A 'gentleman's night', with pole/lap-dancers, and 'ladies' night', with male strippers, have been held at Smugglers Underground Music Bar on The Esplanade.While some have lapped-up the lap-dancers, others feel its stripping the sea-side town of class.Smugglers and Hook and Parrot licensee Ray Cosaitis points out that the dancers only provided entertainment - not sex. Married, with four children, Ray said it was merely a bit of fun in modern society. But he was aware that not everybody shared his point of view. "Some people down here are living in old times and don't like it," he told the Herald. "Most places have been doing this since the 1960s. I think it's about time people realised something has to be done, because Seaton is dead in winter."I have had some hassle over it. People think we are serving food while having sex on the table."Hook and Parrot manager Francesca Mills added: "It's not sex, it's just entertainment. It's fun for both men and women."Leese Kryulko, of Marine Place, agreed, saying that her husband did not mind her going to the ladies' night. "It's about time Seaton did something a little bit different," she said. "It's a laugh - a girls' night out."Vic Raskin, 77, of Trevelyan, was in favour of the gentleman's nights, but complained the entry fees were too high - comparing them to London prices. "I can't afford it," he said, "but the dancing is not dirty. It has nothing to do with pornography or anything like that. It's like belly dancing."But other views on the recreation were poles apart.Visitor Warren Massey said: "I have mixed feelings as a father-of-two and as a grandfather, but obviously I can see the attraction. I don't think it is really in keeping with the area - you wouldn't expect it in a little sea side town."Simon Cockerham, 29, of Queen Street, said: "I wouldn't have gone - my girlfriend would not have been impressed at all! It's not my 'bag', but I'm not against it either. People should accept that these places exist and get over it."But his friend James Darnell, 23, said: "My girlfriend would have loved it and I would have gone with her for sure." Others, who did not wish to be named, were angry, believing it to be inappropriate for the town. Some argued it was neither good for the town or women in general. Alex Roeder, 28, of Dan Alexander Interiors, said: "I'm against it. I don't think it's good for Seaton, which is a family resort. I don't think it will draw the right clientele.But Teresa Evans, manager at the Hospiscare shop, argued it was simply work, and not belittling to women. "Everybody has to have a job," she said. "It's their choice. It's not something I would be likely to go to but, if others do, it's up to them.

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