BRIDLINGTON’S unique beach hut Christmas event is returning to the south side for the fourth year running in December.
The community event gathers people at the huts at south beach for a twist on traditional Christmas celebrations.
It was started by the Rev Ben Norton as an advent calendar with a difference, with different local artists or groups giving their take on the traditional story each evening up to Christmas Eve.
It was thought that the 2011 event could have been the last after the Rev Norton left Emmanuel Church for a new position in Middlesbrough, but a community group he helped form is taking up the mantle to put on what has become a Christmas fixture.
Richard Hines, of the St Mark’s Community Group, is helping to organise this year’s event – which begins this Saturday, December 1.
He said: “Rev Norton started the beach hut advent calendar and it was really well received by people in the town. “When he moved to Middlesbrough at the beginning of the year the group just wanted it to carry on.
“We are not doing every night this year, but we will be doing every Saturday evening and then something every night in the run up to Christmas.
“It’s always been such a well supported idea in the past that we hope people will come and support us again.
“Last year we had around 200 people there when we recorded our video message to the troops and it was quite emotional, a real community event.”
The beach hut advent event retells the famous story of the Nativity in the lead up to Christmas in fun and interactive ways, using the gifts and talents of local people to delve into the issues that this timeless story tells.
The beach hut event starts on Saturday with a performance from the Our Lady and St Peter’s School choir and a visit from the Round Table Father Chistmas.
This year, the events will use the First Aid hut at south beach as a base, all starting at 6pm until 7pm.
Hot soup and hot chocolate will be available to keep out the cold.
Also confirmed for December are:
l A comedy sketch night by the Bridlington Boys Brigade on December 15.
l The recording of a message to troops and a performace from the Children of the Mist pipe band on Wednesday, December 19.
l A Persian food tasting evening on December 22.
l A performance from swing singer Frank Martin on December 23.
l And an open bring-and-share buffet on Christmas Eve, along with a performance from Brid Beat.
For more information and announcements, visit the group’s blog at www.bridbeachhuts.blogspot.co.uk or follow them on Twitter @AdventBeachHut.