Monday, 21 December 2015

Beach Hut 11

The carol tonight was The First Nowell (or is Noel? No-one seems entirely sure).  The carol begins by talking about the angels but then spends the next three verses describing the star and the important role it plays in guiding the wise men to the stable in Bethlehem.  So hut 11 was filled with all sorts of stars which danced and swayed in the strong wind which has returned to remind us that we're running this event outside in the middle of winter.

The hut had a lovely homely feel to it which was enhanced by the little collection of candles placed on the floor of the hut giving us a different perspective on light.  Amazingly, despite the very blustery weather, these all stayed alight for the whole hour giving the hut a feeling of warmth and cosiness.

It was appropriate that we should be focussing on light tonight as it's the winter solstice today and shortly after our event, hordes of people took part in the annual Burning of the Clocks parade to celebrate that the days will be getting longer from now on, not shorter.

Although it feels like an ancient tradition and seems to echo certain long held beliefs, Burning of the Clocks was actually invented in 1993 and is another Brighton tradition that is firmly set in people's hearts, minds and diaries, in the same way that we hope the Beach Hut Advent Calendar is.

The final three huts are all up at Hove Lagoon and the next one will be hut number 329.