Council leader officially opens new seafront refreshment kiosk

Cllr Peter Chowney, Fred Courtney Bennett from AJK Architects, Jerry Eales and Chris Doswell from Cornerstone Building Contractors, Emma Harding the artist and Diane Rann and Carly Gurney. SUS-170614-093140001
Cllr Peter Chowney, Fred Courtney Bennett from AJK Architects, Jerry Eales and Chris Doswell from Cornerstone Building Contractors, Emma Harding the artist and Diane Rann and Carly Gurney. SUS-170614-093140001

The latest attraction on Hastings seafront has been officially opened by council leader Peter Chowney.

The Picnic Box is a refreshment kiosk situated above Bottle Alley, by the weather station to the west of Hastings Pier. It is decorated on one side by a mosaic mural by local artist Emma Harding.

Cllr Peter Chowney said: “We’ve got a superb seafront here in Hastings, but we have had complaints in the past that it doesn’t have the refreshment kiosks that other seafronts have. We’re now putting that right.

“The Source opened their kiosk east of the pier in March, and I am now delighted that we have a kiosk to the west of the pier too. The Picnic Box is a great addition to the seafront for local residents and visitors and, of course, generates some useful income for the council too.

“And the mural is superb, I could make out a number of local characters, including jazz singer Liane Carroll.”

The Picnic Box is run by three generations of the same family – Diane Rann, her daughter Carly Gurney and granddaughter Georgia Hall.

Carly said: “We’re looking forward to a great summer, hoping to tempt customers with our speciality Bubble Tea. And we haven’t forgotten our four-legged friends, as we sell frozen yogurt for dogs.”

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