Newquay sheds reputation as teenage rite of passage destination and lifts ban on

“So this year, 2019, Operation Exodus has come to an end. Perhaps it’s an indication of the evolution of Newquay into a more family-friendly resort.”Though the club nights are ending, he warned that under-age youngsters still will not be allowed into pubs.“There won’t be a great deal for them to do in the evening but if they are coming down, they’re more than welcome to go surfing during the day and we would encourage that.”We recognise that post-GCSE students used to be attracted to the town, so our position has been that we have had to responsibly manage them and ensure their safeguarding is treated as a priority.” Newquay has shed its reputation as a teenage “rite of passage” holiday destination and is lifting a curb on under-18s celebrating the end of their exams.The Cornish seaside town, once popular with youngsters after they had finished their GCSEs, was forced to introduce under-18 discos in an attempt to keep rowdy teenagers off the streets.The strict guidelines were brought in after local residents demanded action when two teenagers, Paddy Higgins and Andrew Curwell, plunged from cliffs to the deaths in 2009.Operation Exodus, backed by Devon and Cornwall Police, was introduced, with clubs and campsites staging carefully-controlled party nights in early July for youngsters travelling to Newquay to celebrate leaving school.But police have announced Operation Exodus is ending this year because the resort’s image has changed. Newquay Safe, a partnership between the council, police and other agencies, says it’s because fewer young people are having nights out in the town, which is now much quieter in the evenings.The guidelines are no longer needed because today’s soberside youngsters prefer the quiet life to letting their hair down, the council said.Local Police Inspector Dave Meredith wrote on Twitter: “The changing face of Newquay: less drunks, far more family friendly. Surf, yoga & vegan cafes! Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Cornwall Fistral Beach, one of the most famous surf beaches in the UKCredit: John Harper/Getty Images Contributor surfing

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