We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has entered our Beach Hut of the Year 2020 competition. Whittling down the entries to just five has been a difficult task. The stories have made us laugh, cry and reminisce about wonderful days spent at the beach hut with family and friends. We have had stories about huts that have been in families for generations, others that have been life long dreams realised and those that offer a haven away from the stresses and strains of life, especially so this year. Thank you to everyone that has shared their special story with us.
Just being beach hut owners makes every entry a winner to us but there can only be one Ryan's Beach Hut of the Year 2020, so without further ado and in no particular order, these are our top five finalists!
Stephen's beach hut has been in his family since the early 60's with most of it still original. To mark their silver wedding anniversary Stephen and his wife renewed their wedding vows at the beach hut, a day, that with the help of his friends remained a complete surprise to his wife and was topped off with a Red Arrows flyover.
Marion's family have owned a beach hut for over 100 years. As a child she spent every summer with her grandmother cycling to their beach hut in Brightlingsea, with shrimps and salad in her basket. Fast forward to now and her grandchildren are following in her footsteps. This year during a storm her hut was swept away but safely came to rest. Inside everything remained upright and the hut itself became a local celebrity!
After many years on the waiting list Claire was finally given her hut six weeks before her wedding. Named by Claire's son as the "Swiss army knife" of huts she stores many useful (and not so useful) gadgets neatly stowed away inside. As frontline NHS key workers this year, Claire and her husband have never needed the peace and serenity that Beryl offers more.
Alison decided to rent her hut this year to provide an income for her teenage family. Her hut was available to shielding and vulnerable families, paying what they could afford. Four teenagers worked in teams of two, three hours a day, cleaning every touchable surface, setting up and packing away, leaving guests free to enjoy their day. They also supported other local business by offering guests afternoon teas and even a Princess visit!
The Axminster and Lyme Cancer Support beach hut is open to a special community of cancer patients and their loved ones, providing a sanctuary from which to watch the seaside activity when being part of it seems too challenging. It is a refuge for the anxious, the sick, the bereaved and those who want to spend valuable time with family before the opportunity is gone.
To read each finalists full story and see more pictures click on the links.
Congratulations to all our finalists, the job of choosing our winner now falls to Millie's Beach Huts owner Vicky Gunn. Our Beach Hut of the Year 2020 will be crowned on 19th October 2020.