Langland Beach hut delight for golden couple
A couple has collected the keys to their very own place by the sea to celebrate 50 years of marriage
Gaynor and Eric Daniels
Grandparents Gaynor and Eric Daniels, from Newton in Swansea, wanted to celebrate 50 years of marriage by investing in a newly-refurbished beach hut at Langland Bay.
Swansea Council runs the scheme to fund improvements to the much-loved historic structures that have suffered the ravages of time and sea spray.
Mrs Daniels said: "What better way to celebrate our golden wedding than to get our very own slice of the golden days on the golden sands of Langland Bay?
"We went down there at the weekend and sat by our hut looking at the blue sea, the palm trees and the lovely sand and I wondered why I would want to be anywhere else in the world.
"We have been lucky enough to rent a hut for many years by going into the draw for the seasonal letting scheme but this way we can enjoy our favourite spot all-year-round every year.
"The refurbished huts are lovely in all their green and white glory; it's a super scheme. The quality of workmanship is absolutely first class and we now feel part of Langland's history and future."
Their hut is part of the latest phase of restoration which has seen 38 huts get a makeover. The Council is maintaining the other 41 huts and offering them to beach-goers for three-month periods via a draw.
The beach huts have graced Langland Bay since the 1920s but over the decades the sea spray and weather had taken their toll.
Cllr Stuart Rice, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Finance, said: "The Council's beach hut scheme has helped secure and fund the future of this important part of Langland Bay's character and history without burdening our Council taxpayers.
"Not only are the lease-holders benefiting from the new-look huts in this amazing setting, but this project has helped us transform the look of the area for the benefit of other beach users too."