THOUSANDS of people flocked to the seafront over the weekend to enjoy the good weather.

People walked along the seafront enjoying the sunshine, days after the Prime Minister announced his lockdown exit plan.

Those keen to make the most of their family exercise were seen running along the beach, while others took the plunge and swam in the sea.

Many were content to enjoy the sun sitting on the beach, watching on as paddle boarders surfed their way along the coast.

Queues for ice cream and coffee stretched across the seafront while others enjoyed a picnic on Hove lawns.

Sussex Police were out on patrol to ensure people abided by lockdown restrictions.

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Ahead of the weekend, they warned: ""Don’t stop now! There are concerns that after a long year of restrictions, falling infection rates, the vaccine rollout, better weather and the roadmap out of lockdown earlier this week, that people may get complacent.

"But the rule of six or two families doesn't begin until 29 March."

Current restrictions mean people must stay at home and only go out if you have "a reasonable excuse".

You are not to meet people socially unless you live together or form a support bubble.

People breaking these rules can face fines, including an £800 penalty for those attending house parties of more than 15 people - and a £10,000 fine for the organisers.