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'Romantic deckchair' is launched
Couple in a deckchair
The council hope the new deckchair will attract young couples
A seaside town in Sussex is attempting to bring more romance to the area by introducing a deckchair made for two.

Eastbourne Borough Council launched the "Wide Boy" deckchair in the hope it will attract more young couples to the town and shake off its "older" image.

Council spokesman David Elkin said the chair allows couples to enjoy a "romantic cuddle as the sun goes down".

He added: "The deckchair is for the loving couple - when two chairs are just too far apart."

'Saves money'

The deckchair is double the width of a traditional chair and will be available throughout the summer.

Mr Elkin said: "Romance has long been a theme in Eastbourne, even the resort's Dotto Trains which run along the seafront are named after Romeo, Juliet and Cupid."

He said another advantage of the new chair was that couples could save themselves money by hiring out a "Wide Boy" instead of two traditional deckchairs.

It will cost 2 to hire for a day, as opposed to 2.90 for two deckchairs.

Local student Laura Thompson, who tested it out, said it was also a great idea for "larger" people.

The chair was the brainchild of a Portsmouth based company, Southsea Deckchairs.

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