Monday, 15 December 2008

Beach Hut 15

The beach huts in Brighton & Hove are all built to the same design and could be described simply as reasonable sized sheds on the beach (which is why popular website has kept track of each night on their site throughout December).

The similarity between a beach hut and the cattle shed in which Jesus was born has not gone unnoticed to a few of our hut owners and some have fully exploited this.

Eileen at hut 382 saw this potential early on and booked Away in Manger as her carol and gave us the full stable experience tonight, with a manger, the baby Jesus, Mary and even a donkey peering out from the back of the stable.

Sadly Mary, Joseph and Jesus didn't have mince pies and mulled wine to keep them warm as we did, but the wise men and the shepherds did bring them lots of other gifts to celebrate the holy birth.

The next hut is the furthest East of all the huts involved in the calendar as it's number 7.

Beach Hut 14

Tonight was the first night when it was actually raining as we opened hut 203 at 5.30 but the rain was fairly light and sporadic and it didn't deter people from turning up and we had a good number of visitors from Brighton & Hove, Sussex and London.

Clare and Angie had set up a star themed brazier blazing away with timber from the summer wreck which covered our beaches with wood for a few months.

As well as the mince pies and mulled wine they'd also baked special beach hut biscuits complete with their beach hut number. These were so nice some people were taking them home as souvenirs rather than eat them there and then.

The theme was Silent Night and the families connected with this hut were great at leading us in singing that and a few other carols during our hour at the beach.

The next hut is at the lagoon end and is number 382.