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Bridlington beach hut turns tide with Advent calendar
Reverend Ben Norton
Reverend Ben Norton piloted the idea last year

A beach hut in Bridlington has been transformed into a living Advent calendar.

A vicar in Bridlington is giving the traditional Advent calendar a modern twist. Reverend Ben Norton, from Emmanuel Church, has converted a beach hut into a life-size advent calendar to recreate the nativity story.

During the countdown to Christmas, every night the door of beach hut number one on South Beach will be opened to reveal a different themed display or show based on the nativity.

The first night's theme is based on superheroes with the hut decorated with large silhouettes of comic heroes such as Batman and Superman depicted as angels, flashing coloured lights, lasers and even a smoke machine.

"Instead of the baby Jesus in the crib, we've got a Superman costume," explained Rev Norton.

"For many people Jesus the Christ is a hero and so we're thinking about this idea of: who do we consider as heroes today. There are many heroes in our world: those that give their lives for others in the armed forces, those who help other people.

"Sometimes the only way that we necessarily engage with the nativity story is through school plays, which is great... so hopefully telling it in this way will allow people to engage with it in a new way."

Beach hut adorned with super heroes decoration
Super heroes is theme of the first night's Advent

The idea came from a Christian group in Brighton who have been running their beach hut living advent calendar since 2008.

Rev Norton piloted the initiative in Bridlington last year when he took over a seafront deckchair storage unit with the help of local entertainers, schoolchildren and musicians to recreate the story of Christmas.

"The response was really great. They were some nights where we had over a hundred people down here. Some nights - as you could imagine last year - when the whether got really bad, there wasn't that many.

"People really enjoyed seeing a different scene and a different theme coming from the story of the nativity and raising all sorts of different issues like journeying and how Mary would have felt."

With support from the local community and congregation, this year's beach hut Advent calendar will also feature live musicians, performers, artists and youth showcases during the 24-day period.

The door of beach hut number one on Bridlington's South Beach opens every night between 1800 and 2100 GMT until Christmas Eve.

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