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Michael Palin digs in against Costa Coffee

We don't want to look like every other seaside town: Michael Palin digs in against Costa Coffee's plan to open in resort town
Monty Python star Michael Palin has backed calls to save a picturesque seaside resort from having a Costa Coffee.
Southwold in Suffolk has become a hit destination for upmarket holidaymakers, with the coffee giant now looking to install its first branch in the trendy seaside resort.
Palin, 69, also famous for his travel programmes, spoke out after campaigners lost the latest round of their battle to keep Costa out.
Speaking at the re-launch of the Suffolk resort's Electric Picture Palace cinema, he declared it was important to protect Southwold's 'harmony' to prevent it becoming like other seaside towns across the country.
His outburst came after Costa Coffee was given the green light last week to open a cafi at 70 High Street, Southwold, a move which objectors fear will harm the business of its independent traders.
 He said 'I don't think anywhere can totally resist change, but Southwold is a very special place. It's a town full of harmony and architectural features that go together beautifully and the fact that is still here is wonderful.
'I wouldn't be very happy if they started knocking through walls and putting in big supermarkets.
'Southwold has got a uniqueness that comes from being slightly cut off, but we have to keep its unique image because we do not want it to look the same as every other seaside town.
'The place has such a wonderful feeling - why would you want to change it much?'

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