Hut hut hooray for new chalets

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - HERALD & POST -

A COLOUR­FUL ar­ray of beach huts has opened on Salt­burn seafront.

The spe­cially de­signed chalets, which come in vi­brant hues of red, blue, yel­low, green and orange, are on the east­ern end of the lower prom­e­nade.

And they can now be hired on a daily, weekly or monthly ba­sis over the year, with daily rates vary­ing over off-peak months to high-peak sum­mer pe­ri­ods.

Nine of 45 huts have so far been con­structed of ro­bust and low-main­te­nance fi­bre ce­ment weath­er­board pan­els with a front shel­tered ve­randa. They all have elec­tric­ity and will soon have run­ning wa­ter, as well as be­ing fit­ted with spa­cious cush­ioned stor­age seats, break­fast ta­ble and chairs, a ket­tle and eat­ing and drink­ing uten­sils.

Stuart Mar­shall, owner and op­er­a­tor of the Salt­burn beach huts, is hop­ing all 45 will be up and run­ning in the next 12 months.

He said: “We’ve got four open at the mo­ment but nine have been built so far. We’ve been left alone for the last six weeks and so we have started to make progress. Things are mov­ing along nicely now.”

Mr Mar­shall is hope­ful the new units will help to bring peo­ple to the town and in­crease tourism in the bor­ough.

“We’ve had some re­ally good feed­back from peo­ple in all parts of the coun­try and ev­ery­one loves the colours.

“We’ve had around 40 book­ings al­ready, which a re­ally pos­i­tive sign. I think it’s go­ing to be a re­ally good thing for Salt­burn for tourism and em­ploy­ment.”

The open­ing of the huts co­in­cided with the 133rd birth­day of the town’s fa­mous cliff lift and many turned out to join in the cel­e­bra­tions. Fam­i­lies en­joyed a range of ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing cir­cus skills work­shops, sand­cas­tle com­pe­ti­tions and a clas­sic car dis­play.

The tramway will run 10.30am to 8pm for the re­main­der of the sum­mer sea­son.

Coun­cil­lor Dale Quigley, Cabi­net mem­ber for cul­ture, tourism and com­mu­ni­ca­tions, said: “Two weeks ago our fig­ures for pas­sen­gers us­ing the Salt­burn Cliff Tramway al­most dou­bled on av­er­age to 3,800 peo­ple over the week­end, so it’s re­ally ex­cit­ing to see so many peo­ple out at the beach at Salt­burn and in the Red­car area.”

For de­tails of prices and how to book a hut log on to www.mar­shalls­beach­

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