A woman who dreamed of owning a beach hut since she was a little girl has won a national competition to find Britain’s best BEACH HUT.
Patricia Bevan, 65, beat hundreds of entries to win the annual contest with her patriotic red, white and blue hut, complete with bunting and Union Jacks.
She bought the hut, which is on the promenade at Westward Ho in North Devon, last year after putting her name on a waiting list.
“As a child we used to have a beach hut and I’ve always wanted to have one of my own,” she said. “It’s lovely to go there and make a cup of tea and sit and watch the world go by. The hut is in a perfect position right by the sea and it really feels like home.”
Patricia, who is one of 20,000 beach hut owners in the UK, had to wait 18 months to get the beach hut, which she co-owns with a friend. They wanted it to be as traditional as possible so painted it red, white and blue and scoured the shops for patriotic accessories.
“It’s exactly how I think a British beach hut should look,” added Patricia, who is retired and lives nearby. I try to go there at least twice a week. It’s never lonely there as you get to know all the other people in their beach huts.”
The judges said: “Patricia’s hut manages to combine retro, seaside and a strong patriotic theme that completely sums up this summer. It epitomises the Great British seaside in the spirit of this year’s Jubilee celebrations.”
The contest was organised by T L Risk Solutions, which offers beach hut insurance.