A WOMAN from West Sussex has been crowned the owner of the national Beach Hut of the Year.
The winning hut was Number 60 from the West Wittering Estate beach.
The red and white hut belongs to Julia Lee-Delisle.
It was crowned both best presented hut and Britain’s best beach hut, beating competition from across the country.
Run by insurance company TL Risk Solutions, the competition had twice the number of entries compared to last year.
Julia said the win was completely unexpected and had really made her day.
She said: ‘It means so much to me as I’ve put so much effort into my hut over the years.
‘I just love it – it’s right on the wonderful sandy beach at West Wittering and gets compliments from admirers daily.
‘I wanted my hut to be a fun and delicious place to be – so good you could almost eat it. It’s a truly wonderful place to have. I love it.’
Judging the competition were Clare Gogerty, editor of Coast magazine, Dr Kathryn Ferry, seaside historian and author of Sheds on the Seashore: A Tour Through Beach Hut History, Andrew Wing, leading beach hut photographer, and Jonathan Kitchen, divisional director at TL Risk Solutions.