Virgin Media's gadget-filled beach hut

Shoreham Beach hut turned high-tech by Virgin Media

Virgin Media's gadget-filled beach hut

Virgin Media’s gadget-filled beach hut on Shoreham Beach

Virgin Media have taken one of the Beach Huts on Shoreham Beach – and filled it with gadgets.

The Virgin Media site is a little sketchy about exactly why they did it, but, hey, it’s a fun idea, and there was a celeb involved… They invited TV presenter Suzi Perry along to check it out:

“As more of us are embracing ‘stay-cations’, spending time at the beach has become an integral part of British family holidays,” said Perry. “I think gadget-enhanced huts like this will become increasingly desirable, as it means the whole family will be entertained – whether there’s rain or shine, or simply just to keep in touch with friends and family while away from home.”

I think it sort of misses the point of going to the beach – and salt water and technology aren’t normally a great mix…

[via Pocket Link]

Rocks reaching into the Adur to form the base of the new footbridge

Work starts on the new Shoreham footbridge

Work is finally underway on the new footbridge. By Thursday, the carpark on Riveside Road is closed, as is most of Lower Beach Road. Instead, there’s a new path through the car park:

The new, temporary path to the Shoreham footbridge

The new, temporary path to the Shoreham footbridge

On the other side of the car park, the base of the new Adur footbridge is taking form, as rocks reach out into the river:

The base of the new footbridge appearing in the Adur

The base of the new footbridge appearing in the Adur

And this is how it all looked by Saturday morning:

The first week's work on the new Shoreham-by-Sea footbridge

The first week’s work on the new Shoreham-by-Sea footbridge

Here’s a selection of other images of work in progress:

A surveyor at work on the new Shoreham Beach footbridge

A surveyor at work on the new Shoreham Beach footbridge

The sign marking the closure of the way through Lower Beach Road

The sign marking the closure of the way through Lower Beach Road

Diggers in position on Shoreham Beach

Diggers in position on Shoreham Beach

Rocks reaching into the Adur to form the base of the new footbridge

Rocks reaching into the Adur to form the base of the new footbridge

Silsila on Ferry Road, Shoreham-by-Sea

New shops for Shoreham-by-Sea

Two new shops are coming to Shoreham-by-Sea:

Real Patisserie - staff wanted in Shoreham-by-Sea

Real Patisserie – staff wanted in Shoreham-by-Sea

Real Patisserie is opening on East Street, in the old Lilly & Harold unit. They’re looking for staff and opening in July. I’m really pleased by this – I love their bread and have been buying it from Sugar & Spice until now.

Silsila on Ferry Road, Shoreham-by-Sea

Silsila on Ferry Road, Shoreham-by-Sea

Meanwhile, over on the Beach, a new Indian takeaway called Silsila is about to replace the old one that “closed for refurbishment” and never reopened on Ferry Road. It’s currently being refitted by a workman who is really suspicious of people taking a photo of the shop with their iPhone…

 

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The Sussex Pad, near Shoreham-by-Sea

Sussex Pad acquired by Lancing College

The Sussex Pad, near Shoreham-by-Sea

The Sussex Pad, in more open days…

It’s official. Lancing College has acquired the (now shut) Sussex Pad hotel. From the Lancing College website:

The Head Master of Lancing College, Mr Jonathan Gillespie, comments: “The College is delighted to have been able to take advantage of the opportunity to purchase the Sussex Pad, a building that used to belong to the College many years ago, following the decision of the current owners to close their hotel and restaurant business and sell the property. …”

They are, apparently, still considering what to do with it.

Life in Shoreham-by-Sea and Shoreham Beach

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