Deckchairs return to Sidmouth seafront

PUBLISHED: 14:26 24 July 2017 | UPDATED: 14:26 24 July 2017

Sidmouth seafront deckchairs awaiting some customers. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shs 6916-26-14SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on Photo Orders

Sidmouth seafront deckchairs awaiting some customers. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shs 6916-26-14SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on Photo Orders

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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.

East Devon District Council (EDDC) had interest from a number of parties after the concession was surrendered by the previous operator.

Weather permitting, the deckchairs will be in place along the Esplanade and in Connaught Gardens for the remainder of the 2017 summer, as well as the 2018 and 2019 seasons.

Councillor Philip Skinner, EDDC’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’s Councillor Cathy Gardner, who flagged 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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