Residents queue overnight for Lyme Regis beach huts

Twenty people camped out overnight to secure a beach hut on the sea front at Lyme Regis. Demand for the huts at Lyme Regis is overwhelming. So the town council offers a limited number to locals, first come, first served.

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3 huts available for a year long lease

Only 3 huts are available for a year long lease Credit: ITV News West Country

Only three huts were available for a year-round lease, and three for the summer months, but there was still demand even for the winter lets.

Among those waiting was a family from Lancashire, who're very pleased to qualify as locals at last.

We've been coming here for fifty years. We decided eventually to retire here and make the most of the weather.

– Dorothy Pinder

The lucky ones to get a beach hut won't get the new keys until the new year, but today was a chance to check on their old huts and get ready to move to the new ones. Non-locals will get a chance to hire a hut from next Tuesday, October 14th. They're £100 a week in July and August, £15 to £35 a week through the rest of the year. And there are a few kept for one day hire.

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