Sunday, 6 December 2015
While the people of Carlisle were struggling with 30cm of rain in 24 hours, the weather forecast promised to us in Brighton was for a mostly dry, overcast day with the odd chance of a shower. Unfortunately this was very wide of the mark as we had persistent rain all day along with fairly strong winds - not exactly perfect weather for opening a beach hut.
Despite that Michele, Debbie and Chris created a fantastic hut on the theme of 'Away in a Manger'.
This was the work of Kidz Klub, a Brighton charity which runs youth clubs for kids in some of the most deprived areas of the city. You can find out more about them here.
The stars in the bright sky (each made by the children and illuminated by disco lights and lasers), looked down where he lay.
We even had a baby Jesus asleep in the hay (even though we all know that this was a bit premature as Jesus is born on Christmas day).
Despite the wind and rain, people still came down and there was a steady trickle of visitors throughout the hour.
This included one young man who was exercising along the seafront and stopped to see what was going on only to realise that he used to attend one of the Kidz Klub clubs when he was younger and was pleased for the opportunity to thank Chris and Debbie for their care of him so many years ago.
So as to make the serving of drinks and mince pies more comfortable we set up the refreshment table in one of the seafront shelters which formed a cosy little serving area.
The forecast for Monday 7th December says cloudy but dry, let's hope that's the case for hut 191 and Deepdene school.