An inventor from Market Rasen is celebrating after winning an award for a unique beach bag-come-bed he designed 15 years ago.
In the past year Andrew Morrison has been working on the development and manufacture of Beach Bag Plus - a holdall bag which unfolds to reveal two PVC liners that enable the bag to be converted into an inflatable bed suitable for use on the beach, picnics, or as an emergency camp bed.
The bag can act as a cool bag and, when opened out, has hidden pockets to keep valuables safe.
Andrew, who is the treasurer at St Thomas’ Church in Market Rasen, was thrilled to pick up a platinum award in the leisure product category at the British Inventions Awards.
He said: “I’m excited because the competition was judged by inventors - people who recognise the difficulties coming up with inventions.
“It’s always nice to have an idea you’ve been working on on your own for a long time well received.”
As well as the bag itself, Andrew has applied for a patent on the valve used to inflate and seal the liners.
A very simple but effective valve system means that a full size inflatable bed can be inflated within a minute with very little effort.
The valve was developed by Andrew when he could not find an effective way to inflate the linings without having to resort to costly and bulky pumps.
Andrew said the product has genterated a lot of interest - from companies as far away as Florida.
The first batches are being produced in the Far East and should be available at the end of this year.
Andrew is now working on a rucksack with a built in inflatable bed and seat.
Find out more about Beach Bag Plus by visiting beachbagplus.com.