Camels coming to Cresswell

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IF you go down to Cresswell Beach on Sunday you’re in for a big surprise.

For the animals riding along the sand as part of a charity fundraising event will be camels.

And the celebrations will be two-humped as not only will they be giving rides around Golden Sands Holiday Park, they will perform the first-ever camel race to take place on a Northumberland beach.

The Royal British Legion is the site’s chosen charity and the caravan park is joining in its Great Poppy Party Weekend.

Owner of the five-star facility Nigel Thompson said: “It’s usually donkeys who are associated with seaside holiday fun, but we wanted to do something completely different to mark our 20th anniversary.

“We always like to pull out all the stops and decided to go one step further and celebrate with a caravan of camels.

“While camel racing is big in the Middle East, it’s completely new and a real novelty to the North East coast. We hope lots of people will come along to join in the fun.

“We’re looking forward to celebrating a very special year at Golden Sands and raising money for our brave men and women serving in the Armed Forces through The Royal British Legion as well.”

The celebrations kick off on Saturday with a range of refreshments.

Joining the camels on Sunday will be children’s rides, face painting, a bouncy castle, a fire eater, a hog roast, hot tubs and 1991 roll-back pricing on selected caravans and park site fees. The racing on Cresswell beach will start at noon.

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