Two-factor identification, 10-foot steel fences and heavily policed streets – for onlookers, it sounds like something out of 1984. But for the residents of Carbis Bay, it’s the reality of living at the epicentre of the G7 summit.

This Friday, some of the world’s most powerful leaders will descend on the tiny Cornish seaside town in southwest Cornwall for the G7 summit. Besides its golden beaches, scenic views and lapping waves, Carbis Bay is a somewhat unusual destination for the world’s political A-listers. The small town – known as the subtropical suburb of St Ives – has a population of 3,500 and tends to feel like a sale d’attente for its upmarket neighbour.