A DECKCHAIR taller than a double decker bus is due to return to Bournemouth’s beach today.

The Pimms deckchair, which is 8.5 metres (27ft) tall, was commissioned to mark the start of British Summer Time.

Pimms is now giving the deckchair to the resort as a permanent attraction.

The company will also offering samples of the summer drink by the deckchair from 1pm to 6pm.

Pimms spokesowman Kim Araneta said: “The town really embraced the deckchair as their own when we first unveiled it to kick off the start of British Summer Time.

“So it seems fitting that, in the midst of our Great British Summer, we’re able to give the deckchair back to Bournemouth.”

Mark Smith, director of Bournemouth Tourism, said tourists and locals alike had enjoyed the deckchair on its first visit in March.

“We even had some petitions to bring the deckchair back,” he added.