The Saunton Sands Hotel draws people back year after year, but one holidaymaker can surely lay claim to being its best customer, having returned at least once a year for the past 63 years.Sidney Teckman, 95, who lives in Northampton, first set foot inside the hotel in 1953 and has been back every year since. And this year was no different, as he enjoyed a weeks break over the Easter holidays, together with 16 members of his extended family. Sidneys first visit to the hotel was on a trip with his sister and brother-in-law and he was instantly taken with the place. It was just special; the atmosphere, the service, the viewsI was taken in by it, he said. Sidney, who owned a dress factory before his retirement, has been visiting for so long he can remember trips to the South West before the M4 and M5 motorways existed. It was something like a seven-hour trip to get here in those days, he laughed. You would go through everywhere en route Glastonbury, Taunton you were relieved when you got here. His visits even pre-date when the hotel was taken over by Percy Brend, scion of the Brend family, who turned it into the flagship hotel of the Brend Hotels empire. They are a good family and good at running this place. Nothing is too much trouble, he said. After his first visit in 1953, Sidney kept on visiting and brought his new wife Stephanie with him in 1955. The couple continued the tradition with their growing family over the years. Saunton Sands has hosted many family gatherings, including the wedding of son Jon and his wife Anne in 1997. Sadly, Stephanie died in 2010, but Sidney has continued to visit. This story appears in a special North Devon June edition of Devon Life. Pick up a copy now or order six issues for just £6 here.