Cornwall's tourism chief has slammed an 'offensive and unforgivable' sign strung across a main road bridge telling holidaymakers to 'f*** off' and go back home. Malcolm Bell, chief executive of Visit Cornwall, said outsiders are welcome and the region, which relies heavily on tourism, desperately needs their money. Feelings are running just as high in Devon - tourists arriving in Dawlish yesterday afternoon were greeted by a man dressed as the Grim Reaper. WESSEX NEWS AGENCY email news@britishnews.co.uk mobile 07501 221880 Jim Hardy

A charming welcome to visitors on the A30 in Bodmin, Cornwall

Tourists descending on Cornwall were told to ‘turn around and f*** off’ by some angry locals.

While in Devon, one man dressed up as the Grim Reaper and greeted outsiders with a ‘Welcome Holidaymakers’ sign.

Thousands of Brits took advantage of the relaxed lockdown over the weekend by flocking to the region’s beauty spots.

But the influx of people from outside Cornwall and Devon sparked fears among some that they could be bringing the virus with them.

Cornwall's tourism chief has slammed an 'offensive and unforgivable' sign strung across a main road bridge telling holidaymakers to 'f*** off' and go back home. Malcolm Bell, chief executive of Visit Cornwall, said outsiders are welcome and the region, which relies heavily on tourism, desperately needs their money. Feelings are running just as high in Devon - tourists arriving in Dawlish yesterday afternoon were greeted by a man dressed as the Grim Reaper (pictured) WESSEX NEWS AGENCY email news@britishnews.co.uk mobile 07501 221880 Jim Hardy

A prankster in Dawlish, Devon, dressed up as the Grim Reaper to welcome visitors

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The M5 in Exeter was swamped with camper vans and caravans heading to the coast (Picture: Backgrid)

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Tourists made the most of the relaxed lockdown by heading to the coast (Picture: Backgrid)

Three people displayed their anger for all to see on the A30 in Bodmin, one of the main routes into Cornwall.

A picture circulating on social media shows the group holding a crude banner aloft on a bridge over the dual carriageway, telling drivers to ‘turn around and f*** off’.

Cornwall’s tourism chief Malcolm Bell said the offensive sign was ‘unforgivable’.

He told Cornwall Live: ‘We are battling to save thousands of jobs. Let’s welcome our customers, who will share their money to keep Cornish people in jobs.

‘I don’t like to see signs like the one we saw on the A30. It is being offensive to a large group of people. I find it unforgivable.’

In the coastal town of Dawlish in Devon, tourists were greeted by the Grim Reaper and his tinfoil scythe.

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Taunton Deane services on the M5 were packed full of caravans taking a break before heading to coastal hot spots (Picture: PA)

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Locals and businesses nervously welcomed visitors back to the coast over the weekend (Picture: Backgrid)

The stunt didn’t go down well with everyone as two other locals soon challenged him and confiscated his ‘Welcome Holidaymakers’ sign.

The incidents were not reflective of the general mood in the region, which will rely heavily on tourism to kickstart the local economy.

But there is undeniably an element of nerves to the welcome from locals and businesses.

Nikki Mulliner, manager of the Shipwrights pub in Plaidstow, told The Times: ‘I was a little apprehensive but it’s been lovely to have so many people stop and think about what they are doing because you don’t expect that in a pub.

‘People have been enjoying sitting at a table and having their drinks brought to them.’ 

A chef at Rick Stein’s The Seafood Restaurant said locals want things to return to normal but are concerned about a spike in cases.

The chef, who did not want to be named, said: ‘The attitude of people coming down is very relaxed. They are not wearing masks and just wander around a bit as if there isn’t a care in the world.

‘We all want the trade to start up again but nobody seems to be distancing.’

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