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Beach Hut Poetry

After a special poetry competition for local beach hut owners and their friends and families to turn their favourite seaside moments into a poem the winners have now been chosen.

The first place winner and the young person’s category winner were awarded their prizes at the winner’s beach hut at Brackenbury Cliff Top in Felixstowe.

“The competition has given local beach hut owners the chance to get in touch with their creative side and it has been really interesting to see the poetic talents of our local residents,” said Cllr Geoff Holdcroft, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Economic Development.

The winner of the competition was Mrs Shirley Orris, and the runner up was Mr Graham Thompson. The young person’s winner was 13 year old Farlingaye High School pupil Georgina Wright with the first poem she had ever written.

Each of the winners has received a beach hut themed goodie-bag presented to them by Cllr Doreen Savage, Cabinet Member for Customers and Communities and Mayor of Felixstowe.

Poems entered into the contest have also been collected and printed in a booklet celebrating the Suffolk coast and the beach hut feel good factor. It is available to buy at Felixstowe Tourist Information Centre (TIC) for 50p and proceeds from the booklet will go to the Mayor of Felixstowe’s chosen charities Felixstowe Seafarers Centre, TS Landguard Sea Cadets and Felixstowe Citizens Advice Bureau.

“All of the poems submitted were of a high standard and it is quite clear just how much everyone loves their beach huts. It is nice to see beach hut owners taking their time to share their favourite things about spending time by the sea and I hope that people will be interested to buy the poetry booklet and help some very worthy local causes too,” said Cllr Doreen Savage, Cabinet Member for Customers and Communities and Mayor of Felixstowe.

“For many, a relaxing day at the beach is the best way to spend a happy summer day. It is a real treat to get an insight into someone else’s experiences of summers by the sea and I am sure many people will enjoy sharing their memories of building sandcastles, dips in the sea and dashing back inside to dry off and have something to eat.

“The poems are a perfect memento for visitors coming to the town wanting something to remind them of the picturesque seaside and their time spent enjoying the Suffolk coast,” added Cllr Holdcroft.

There are also a number of beach huts in Felixstowe available for hire either for the day or the week. For further information and availability residents and visitors can contact Felixstowe TIC at 91 Undercliff Road West, Felixstowe, by calling 01394 276770 or emailing ftic@suffolkcoastal.gov.uk

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