Hut hut hooray for new chalets
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.marshallsbeachhuts.co.uk