This years Beach Hut Advent Calendar got off to a cracking start tonight with loads of people turning up to enjoy a rain free evening for the first time in ages, we hope that God continues to look after the weather for us as the month continues. People came see what was in the hut, to share in mince pies, mulled wine and chat and to collect a stamp on their postcard to give them a chance of winning our fabulous prize. Hut 431 is owned by the Hotel du Vin in Brighton and the person who collects the most stamps during the month stands a chance of winning dinner, bed & breakfast for two at this chic boutique hotel between The Laines and the seafront.
The theme for tonight was God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen and Karen Morton from the Beyond team created a tableau featuring two gentlemen who were resting after partaking of a very fine meal. The table was laid with the remains of their plum pudding and half a bottle of port as the two men slumbered peacefully awaiting the dawn of Christmas day.
People have been telling us all day that they've heard or seen news reports about the launch on TV and radio and we're also being followed by The Independent who plan to feature something from us every day this month. We can't claim to be unique this year as a group in Bridlington have picked up the idea and are doing their own advent calendar using one strategically placed hut and giving 24 different artists a chance to interpret a part of the Advent story. You can follow them on their blog and compare the daily displays as we head towards Christmas. If we manage to get our heads round the technology we may even start tweeting from the huts so if you tweet follow us on @BeachHutAdvent.
Tomorrow we're at hut number 395 where there'll be an artwork particularly suited to the weather at this time of year.