Our family had a beach hut on Rottingdean sea-front for many years. It was a place for the family to gather, whatever the weather, to enjoy each others’ company, laze about talking to our ‘neighbours’, crowd the promenade with push-chairs, trikes, bikes, buckets and spades, sun-loungers, footballs and cricket bats. I have very fond memories of those days –
my children recall the hours spent looking for shrimps and crabs with Nana, and then cooking them on the stove for tea; or simply climbing over the rocks on the beach searching the rock pools for shells, pretty stones, or other sea creatures. These activities lasted for hours. Passers-by, making their way on the undercliff walk to and from Saltdean would always stop and talk to our group at the beach-hut, peering inside to see the clutter – deck-chairs piled up, a curtain on a rail at the back of the hut where you could get changed into your ‘cossie’ and back again when your hands and feet were all frizzly and you were freezing cold. There were multi-coloured cups and saucers and of course an array of shrimping nets, arm-bands, swimming rings and an assortment of ‘lost’ property. It was home from home!
Callaways have beach-huts for sale on Hove seafront. Call 01273-735237 www.callaways.co.uk