My wife and I visited Ilfracombe yesterday and were shocked by how tatty and down market the place was. The entire town has a distinct feel of being saturated by unemployment and benefit scroungers. I felt so disappointed and sad at how dilapidated the town looked and it had succumbed to cheap chain brands such as Subway, bargain booze and horribly tacky looking pubs like "Malboro" and a sports diner. What a shame! How have the town planners allowed such a beautiful fishing village to reach this state. The boxes of devonshire fudge look like they have been on the shelves in the same position for decades!! What a shame!