Free holidays for ‘lockdown heroes’


North Cornwall MP Scott Mann has praised a Padstow holiday park for offering free holidays to key workers.

Mann visited Mother Ivey’s Bay Holiday Park which has announced it is laying on the no-cost holidays for NHS staff and other key workers later this year. He described the plan as “a fantastic initiative and a wonderful gesture” which is likely to see more than 150 stays provided in luxury holiday lodges and caravans on the parks.

Owner of the family business, Patrick Langmaid, told the MP he regarded it as a “massive privilege” to be able to offer a thank-you to those who had showed such dedication and bravery.

The holidays, said Langmaid, will be available to key workers both in the health services and in the private sector, from NHS nurses to delivery drivers helping those in self-isolation.

He said: “To be frank, the cost to our business pales into insignificance when seen alongside the risks and sacrifices made by the heroes of Britain’s lockdown months.

“We were delighted that Mr Mann was able to take time out to learn more about our plans, and to meet members of our staff who will be helping these guests enjoy their stay.

“Our team also deserves a big thank-you from us as they have done a magnificent job during some very challenging times in recent months.”

In order to provide the free holidays this year, the hire-fleet at Mother Ivey’s Bay Holiday Park will remain open throughout November.

Its sister park, Martha’s Orchard in Constantine Bay, will also open its luxury lodges throughout December for hosting the lockdown heroes.