Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Surf, Sea and Plenty of Wind! Graham Young Enjoys the Comforts of One of Britain's Original Holiday Parks, Now in Its Centenary Year

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Surf, Sea and Plenty of Wind! Graham Young Enjoys the Comforts of One of Britain's Original Holiday Parks, Now in Its Centenary Year

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Byline: Graham Young

WE'RE all familiar with advertising slogans which hint at the super within. Ajax claims to be "stronger than dirt", while Harley Davidson roars: "American by birth. Rebel by choice".

And Hoburne Holidays, a small British company which punches above its weight with just seven resorts at its disposal? After our holiday at its original Hoburne Park site coincided with 100mph winds on the Isle of Wight, only one slogan is fitting. And that's "Hurricane Safe Hoburne" (with apologies to the late Alex Higgins).

Imagine the scenario. There we were in our gold, three-bedroomed static caravan, raised above the Dorset soil at Christchurch.

Just across the water, the country's highest recorded windspeed was being noted down during the great storm of October 27 and 28, 2013.

Did we worry about being blown over on a site that has stood the test of holiday time for 101 years? Absolutely not.

We were warm as toast in our bolt-hole, barely able to hear the wind and rain outside but perfectly placed to watch Mother Nature at her mightiest.

Just hours before the hurricane, we had been down on the pier at Bournemouth, watching surfers enjoying the giant waves.

It all looked a bit precarious to me - grown men bobbing about like seals while trying to avoid each other.

When we needed to warm up, the Key West restaurant cafe towards the end of the pier was fabulous, with a dazzling ceiling to match.

Heading eastward along the coast was a reminder of the dangers that adventure brings.

High up on a cliff stands a memorial to the late Red Arrow pilot Flt Lt Jon Egging, reading: "Always follow your dreams Blue skies".

Further east, engraved name plates on Boscombe Pier benches recall the names of young surfers who have died enjoying the thrill of the sea. From surfers to sea fishermen, there's plenty going on Back in the safety of Hoburne Park, there's a restaurant and a bar with entertainment which kept us going all week.

There's no need to watch TV when there's a string of entertainers ranging from popular children's character Sammy Seahorse to Britain's Got Talent stars The Shaolin Monks and a brilliant covers band called Got The T-Shirt. …

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