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Caravan park preparing to reopen in Newcastle on Friday

Sunnyholme can accommodate more than 300 in the picturesque surroundings of Newcastle in the foothills of the Mourne Mountains.

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A caravan park preparing to reopen on Friday in Co Down has been “inundated” with enquiries (Liam McBurney/PA)

A caravan park preparing to reopen on Friday in Co Down has been “inundated” with enquiries (Liam McBurney/PA)

A caravan park preparing to reopen on Friday in Co Down has been “inundated” with enquiries (Liam McBurney/PA)

A caravan park preparing to reopen on Friday in Co Down has been “inundated” with inquiries.

Sunnyholme can accommodate more than 300 in the picturesque surroundings of Newcastle in the foothills of the Mourne Mountains.

It has lost the early part of the tourist season due to the coronavirus restrictions.

Site manager Amy Nicholson said common areas like laundry and games rooms would remain closed and signage reminding of the need to socially distance was being installed.

She said : “People missed coming down to the caravans.

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Site manager Amy Nicholson said people were keen to get back to caravans (Liam McBurney/PA).

Site manager Amy Nicholson said people were keen to get back to caravans (Liam McBurney/PA).

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Site manager Amy Nicholson said people were keen to get back to caravans (Liam McBurney/PA).

“Some people have been isolating since March, even to get a drive down to Newcastle and spend the weekend in the caravan, they have really missed that.

“People have been trying to get back down, I have been inundated with calls from people.”

She said receiving the go-ahead to reopen was fantastic news after losing the Easter and early bank holidays due to the lock down imposed in March.

Signage is due to go up this week but uncertainty over whether social distancing guidance would be reduced to one metre means it will be less prescriptive.

A games room, play park and laundry room will remain closed for now.

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Paul Ferris, maintenance man at Sunnyholme Caravan Park in Newcastle Co. Down delivering gas as the ark prepares to reopen on Friday 26 June as lockdown eases in Northern Ireland. PA Photo. Picture date: Monday June 22, 2020. See PA story ULSTER Coronavirus. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Paul Ferris, maintenance man at Sunnyholme Caravan Park in Newcastle Co. Down delivering gas as the ark prepares to reopen on Friday 26 June as lockdown eases in Northern Ireland. PA Photo. Picture date: Monday June 22, 2020. See PA story ULSTER Coronavirus. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Paul Ferris, maintenance man at Sunnyholme Caravan Park in Newcastle Co. Down delivering gas as the ark prepares to reopen on Friday 26 June as lockdown eases in Northern Ireland. PA Photo. Picture date: Monday June 22, 2020. See PA story ULSTER Coronavirus. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Usually electricity card and gas bottle supplies are picked up by holiday makers but will now be delivered by staff.

Extra tarmacking was going on as the centre received a pre-opening face lift.

Ms Nicolson added: “We have had to say that these facilities won’t be open, it is just until things are a bit more black and white.

“It is the safer approach.”

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