Entrepreneurs behind beach huts on gong list

Stuart Robertson with a display beach hut on St Annes seafront
Stuart Robertson with a display beach hut on St Annes seafront
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A leading visitor attraction in St Annes is set to add to it’s award winning honours.

St Annes Beach Huts is one of five finalists that has been selected nationally for Tourism Experience of the Year.

Owner Stuart Robertson, said: “I am absolutely honoured to be nominated for a national award.”

“We’re already winners as we will receive some sort of award, I never expected to get this far in the competition so I’m absolutely chuffed, anything more is a bonus.”

The VisitEngland awards attracted a total of 345 applications.

The winners will be announced at a glittering award ceremony at the Sage Gateshead on May 11.

Ruth Connor, chief executive of Marketing Lancashire said finalists were at the top of their game.

She said: “The finalists are ambassadors for the county where life feels good – where some of the best events, best food and drink and best attractions combine to attract more than 63 million visitors a year.”

All finalists are guaranteed to receive either a Gold, Silver, Bronze or Highly Commended Award.

Last year, owners Stuart and Zoe were delighted to receive the the ‘best visitor experience’ gong at the Lancashire Tourism Awards for their 15 huts along St Annes seafront.

The nomination adds to a buoyant bank holiday weekend which saw all 15 huts full.

Stuart added: “When we first started there was nothing here apart from an empty promenade so it’s great to see it on weekends like we just had full of life.”

The owner also confirmed that repair work had almost finished after the huts were the target for vandals two weeks ago.