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Humberston Fitties named in The Guardian’s best of British seaside list

THE Humberston Fitties has joined some of the UK's most picturesque beauty spots in an article by The Guardian on the best of Britain's seaside.

Humberston Fitties named in The Guardian’s best of British seaside list

An exclusive club featuring just 12 coastal locations, the article describes the stunning area of Lincolnshire's coastline as an "otherworldly village in the sand", and speaks glowingly about the charm of the 300 chalets that populate the shore.

Not only is the Humberston Fitties a headline act int this stellar line-up, famous local chippy Steels Cornerhouse and popular coffee shop, Riverhead Coffee get a special mention for their "good old-fashioned fish suppers" and "the kind of homemade cakes that really are worth leaving your chalet for".

Also included in the 'The best of the UK seaside' article are stunning places like Bangor, County Down, Budleigh Salterton, Devon, Craster, Northumberland, and Solva, in Pembrokeshire.

Not only does the article talk up the Fitties - and the whole Cleethorpes area in general - the journalists behind putting it together encourage people to visit the area.

Tourism forms a huge part of the local economy, and The Guardian offers options for where to stay and how much it will cost if people wanted to visit the resort.

The history of the Humberston Fitties...

For almost one hundred years, the Humberston Fitties conservation area has enjoyed an interesting history, having first been used as a billeting area for soldiers based at nearby Haile Sands Fort, in World War One.

Initially using tents as their accommodation, the soldiers decided to erect a few, simple huts to make life a little more comfortable.

During the 1920s, the land was divided into plots and a local family is said to have set up their own tent, in order to benefit from breaks in the fresh, sea air.

The family eventually built a chalet on the site and others then began to follow suit, some taking the former soldier's huts as holiday homes after the soldiers were demobbed. At this time, there seemed to be a curious mixture of chalets, buses, caravans and old railway carriages on the Fitties.

When war broke out again, in 1939, the area was once more handed over to the soldiers as a base. The previous year, the land on which the Humberston Fitties now stood had been passed to the local authority.

The holiday spot, after the war, was extremely popular, with people coming from across the area and beyond to indulge in a seaside break.

There was something to be said about having a peaceful spot close to the Humber Estuary, where couples and families could enjoy a bit of time out from the mundanity of everyday life.

Unfortunately, being so close to the water came at a price.

In 1953, a large portion of the east coast of England, including areas of Grimsby and Cleethorpes, was hit by a massive tidal surge. The resulting flood cost 42 Lincolnshire lives and obliterated hundreds of homes in the area.

This included damage to Humberston Fitties, which was completely devastated by the event. Since then, a natural sand flood defence barrier has been put in place and newer chalets on the Fitties site are much better equipped to deal with similar surges and flood issues.

In recent years, properties on the Fitties have massively increased in value, with the whole area now bustling with activity during the spring and summer months and thousands of visitors dropping by, for walks or stopovers.

Due to its holiday park status, chalet owners are asked to refrain from sleeping overnight at the quirky little buildings for the months of January and February each year, which often gives people the chance to spruce them up in time for the warmer months.

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