Summer of celebration as camp marks 75th birthday

The bathing pool at the Coronation Holiday Camp, Hayling Island, in the 1940s
The bathing pool at the Coronation Holiday Camp, Hayling Island, in the 1940s

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Lakeside Holiday Village is holding celebrations this summer to commemorate 75 years of providing seaside holidays and short breaks on Hayling Island.

One of the UK’s first holiday camps, Lakeside is now a Warner Leisure Hotel and celebrated its birthday last Friday.

Fun and games on the lake at the holiday camp

Fun and games on the lake at the holiday camp

The venue displayed an array of postcards and photographs taken down the decades, dating back to the 1940s.

Many of the hotel’s previous general managers and members of staff were invited back for a gala dinner last Saturday.

Built in 1937, the first year of George VI’s reign, Lakeside was originally called the Coronation Holiday Camp.

During the Second World War it was co-opted as a naval barracks and called HMS Northney.

Then it was renamed Lakeside in 1986.

Since 1989, Lakeside Holiday Village has been providing holidays exclusively for adults.

Simon Haslam, the holiday village’s general manager said: ‘We are very proud of the rich history we have here at Lakeside, and are thrilled to be celebrating our 75th birthday.

‘It’s wonderful to be a part of a holiday experience that has brought so much joy to guests for many years.’