Camel racing comes to Northumberland beach

SOME unusual guests will visit Cresswell this weekend to take part in the first ever camel race on a Northumberland beach.

The camels are paying a visit to help raise money for The Royal British Legion during Great Poppy Party Weekend, which co-incides with the 20th anniversary of Golden Sands Holiday Park.

The furry visitors will do their bit for the appeal by giving rides around the park after the race, which takes place on Sunday, June 12, at noon.

Park owner 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 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 and we hope lots of people will come along to join in the fun.”

Nigel, who lives at the park with his wife Sandra and their three children, said: “We’re looking forward to celebrating a very special year for us here at Golden Sands and raising money for our brave men and women serving in the armed forces through The Royal British Legion as well.

“Given that it’s the Legion’s 90th Anniversary celebrations and that we’re proud to have owners on the park who have served or are serving for their country, we’re determined to raise as much money as we can for the legion this weekend as well.”

The celebrations at Golden Sands kick off on Saturday, June 11, with refreshments. Joining the camels on Sunday will be children’s rides, face painting, bouncy castle, fire eater, hog roast and hot tubs.