Adam takes over running of iconic Sidmouth deckchairs

PUBLISHED: 07:55 29 July 2017 | UPDATED: 15:04 03 August 2017

Adam Davis has taken over running the deck chairs in Sidmouth.

Adam Davis has taken over running the deck chairs in Sidmouth.

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The Sidmouth Lifeboat crewman has been chosen to run the 250 deckchairs on the seafront and Connaught Gardens.

Adam Davis has taken over running the deck chairs in Sidmouth.Adam Davis has taken over running the deck chairs in Sidmouth.

The iconic sight of deckchairs lining the seafront has returned to Sidmouth after a new concession holder came forward.

Adam Davis hopes his local knowledge and passion for the area will ensure the reclining seats remain an important part of the visitor experience.

The Sidmouth Lifeboat crewman and businessman was among a number of people who put their name forward to the district council to take over the running of the 250 deckchairs.

The 34-year-old said: “I have lived here since I was a kid and remember seeing the chairs.

“A lot of people have been commenting about it and I went for it.

“There are a few up in Connaught Gardens and down on the seafront - people are commenting on how good it is to have them back and are using them again.”

Weather permitting, the deckchairs will be in place along The Esplanade and in Connaught Gardens for the remainder of this summer, as well as the 2018 and 2019 seasons. Councillor Philip Skinner, East Devon District Council’s portfolio holder for economy, said: “The deckchairs have been a feature on the seafront and in Connaught Gardens for many years and are a part of the Sidmouth experience for many visitors.

“I am pleased that we have been able to secure a new operator and hope this three-season agreement will secure their continued presence.”

Sidmouth councillor Cathy Gardner, who was among those to flag up the deckchairs’ absence from the seafront, added: “I am delighted to see the deckchairs back on The Esplanade after a small gap at the start of the season.

“I hope business is brisk and the concession can be maintained.”

The season runs from April 1 to September 30.

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