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Holiday home offer for flood victims

By Fiona Reid
Holiday home offer for flood victims

ONE HUNDRED people whose lives have been torn apart by Storm Desmond have been offered a free holiday home for the festive season in Beattock.

As many as 20 families from Cumbria or Langholm are set to benefit from a free stay in a luxury holiday home at Beattock’s Moffat Manor Country Park.

Richmond Wight Estates, owners and operators of the site, say the families are welcome to stay at the park from now until the end of the holiday season and beyond, until their homes are liveable again.

The company’s managing director Chek Whyte said: “We should be able to house up to 100 people here at Moffat Manor in Beattock.

“It’s not too far from the Lake District and will offer these displaced families a warm and comforting Christmas in the heart of a community.

“They can enjoy the clubhouse and other facilities. It will give them some respite from the terrible calamity that has afflicted Carlisle and other towns and villages in the area.”

UNDER WATER . . . the Hardwicke Circus roundabout
FLOOD HIT CUMBRIA . . . the Hardwicke Circus roundabout

Mr Whyte has also appealed to other holiday park owners in the region to consider donating use of empty accommodation over the festive season.

He said: “I think we need to have a national push to help these families, we see flooding disasters like this all the time now and it’s only going to get worse.

“I would also appeal to individuals who maybe have a second home that they should also get in touch with the authorities to offer all accommodation.

“I understand there are thousands of people still without electricity in Cumbria and their houses are now beyond repair.”

Mr Whyte is urging flood hit families to get in touch with the manager at Moffat Manor who will arrange accommodation for them without delay.

Anyone in need of accommodation should contact Sally on 01683 300313 or email her at [email protected].

■See this week’s Annandale Herald and Moffat News for the full story plus a six page flood action round-up – out now.

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