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Bognor Regis is a seaside resort town and civil parish in the Arun District of West Sussex, England. The nearby villages of Felpham, briefly home to the poet William Blake, and Aldwick are now suburbs of Bognor along with that of Bersted. The town has a large town centre, much of which has either been pedestrianized or made pedestrian friendly.

Bognor Regis was originally named just "Bognor", being a fishing (and one time, smuggling) village until the 18th century, when it was converted into a resort by Sir Richard Hotham. Tourism gradually took off over the next hundred years, the area being chosen as an ideal location for King George V to convalesce in during 1929 , The King and Queen actually staying at Craigwell House Aldwick; as a result, the King bestowed the Regis suffix on Bognor.

Local legend suggests the King's last words, upon being told that he would soon be well enough to revisit the town, were 'Bugger Bognor!'.

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