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Patriotic Westward Ho! beach hut is the best in Britain

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 19, 2012

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A Westcountry beach hut which celebrates 2012's patriotic fever has been named as the best in the country.

Patricia Bevan is "delighted" that her red, white and blue seaside retreat at Westward Ho! in North Devon has won a national competition.

But the 65-year-old from Bideford insists her Union flag idea came well before the nation went crazy for the symbol on the back of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics.

"This year, you could spend an absolute fortune on red, white and blue accessories, but when we were looking last year they were actually quite hard to find," she said. "We scoured the internet and I made the bunting and the cushion covers myself."

Mrs Bevan has wanted her own beach hut since her family had one when she was a child, and waited 18 months before she snapped hers up with a friend last year.

She is now one of 200,000 beach hut owners nationwide, including the likes of Rolling Stone Keith Richards, chef Aldo Zilli and Madness singer Suggs.

But, while some beach huts have gone up for sale for as much as £300,000, including one overlooking Chesil Beach in West Dorset in 2010, at Westward Ho! they tend to change hands for the more modest sum of around £10,000.

Promoters and beach hut insurance provider, TL Risk Solutions, said Mrs Bevan's hit combines "retro, seaside and patriotic themes in a way that perfectly sums up the summer of 2012."

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