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Anna Duggal

The Hughes story…why they decided to buy a caravan

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We love to hear the stories of our long-standing owners so today we’d like you to meet Mavis and John Hughes!

The Hughes have been caravan owners since 1970 at Haven’s Primrose Valley Holiday Park in Filey, Yorkshire. After a visit to the Blue Dolphin Holiday Park (then named Dennis’ Camp) with John’s uncle and aunty in 1969, they went over to see Primrose Valley and decided to buy a caravan there. Back in 1969, there were only enough pitches for the caravans there so the Hughes couldn’t buy one until the end of the season when a spare site could be made!

I asked Mavis what’s changed in the time they’ve been owners at the park and she told me, “now we have electricity! And water in the caravan; it used to be an outside tap but we were lucky – our van was right next to the tap! There were also no inside toilets. It was, essentially, camping!”

Celebrating 44 years of being owners on the park this year, Mavis told me how they used to and still do enjoy the park.

“We didn’t go in the clubhouse when we first had the caravan as the kids were too small. We’d stay on the playground or go on days out. As the kids grew up, we have lovely memories of making friends in the clubhouse – we’d go in big groups at the weekend, as many as 20 of us – and […]

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Anna Duggal

Daybreak Live at Primrose Valley!

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The Daybreak team came to Primrose Valley with Laura Hamilton (also presenter of Fort Boyard and A Place In The Sun) on July 26th – and what a morning! It was the end of a long week for the ITV crew who had spent the week discovering what is great about holidaying in Britain and they chose Haven to be the grand finale.

They arrived the day before to check out the hot spots on park where they could film and made all the practical plans (like which way the camera would be angled based on where the sun rose) and we decided on the fun and games we would do with our holidaymakers and owners … oh and not forgetting what time to arrange the bacon butties for the crew!

It was an early start getting up at 5am, literally as the day broke, and what a gorgeous day it was too. Our hardworking FunStars had been on stage until 1am but even with only a few hours sleep, they were as bright as ever – encouraging everyone to join in with the activities. The park team set to work setting up the stage for Same Difference Pop Academy and the gunge tanks. By half six around 100 holidaymakers and owners had arrived and willing volunteers were found to be gunged. By 7am there was a run through with all the camera angles and various different activities and by 7.40 […]

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