One of Haying Island original holiday camps gets makeover

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A POPULAR holiday resort that dates back to the 1940s has undergone a £1m overhaul.

Mill Rythe Holiday Village on Hayling Island was one of the original holiday camps when it opened in the early 40s.

Then known as the Sunshine Holiday Camp, the camp was also used by the marines during the Second World War and has been a popular destination for service families ever since.

Several decades later, it has undergone an extensive refurbishment after being bought by Away Resorts in September of last year.

Carl Castledine, the managing director of Away Resorts, said the holiday village, which provided the backdrop for many scenes in BBC comedy Hi-de Hi and soap EastEnders, needed a complete overhaul of not just its accommodation but its infrastructure, facilities, supplies and furniture.

He said: ‘It was tricky knowing where to start as the park needed so much investment to make it a modern holiday park for all the family.

‘But we set about working on the infrastructure and drafting in a top entertainments team to look at putting together a timetable of weekenders for 2011 in order to start returning the park to its glory days.’

All 256 chalets have been part of a refurbishment programme.

All public areas have been given a facelift, including the restaurant, ballroom, arcade and indoor pool, and the outdoor pool has been refurbished.

Mr Castledine added: ‘It is a year now since we took over the park and the management team have really been able to turn Mill Rythe’s fortunes around.’