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Yorkshire holiday park breaks £1m turnover with "astounding" demand

A Yorkshire holiday park has reported a record-breaking year despite the impact of coronavirus.

The 10-acre Wayside Lakes development in the North York Moors National Park saw turnover break the £1m barrier for the first time in its 45 year history.

This was despite the park being closed from March until July this year due to the UK’s lockdown.

The five-star development, whose focal point is two picturesque lakes, caters for up to 38 exclusive lodges. A record 10 lodges were sold this year, leaving only eight pitches available for sale.

Yorkshire businessman Mark Goodson, who owns the park, commented: “2020 was an extraordinary year for us, breaking all records.

“The Covid-19 crisis closed us down from March until July, but the demand after that for our lodges was unreal. We have never sold 10 in a year before. It was astounding.

“On one level, it seems wrong to have such a successful year amid such a ghastly global pandemic.

“But on another, we are proud to have provided a safe and healthy bolthole for people wanting to escape from the virus and all the pressures it brings.

“The majority of our new lodge owners came from across the north of England. They all wanted peace, beauty and the chance to live without fear. We were happy to oblige.

“I would also like to pay tribute to the patience and understanding of all our existing caravan and lodge owners at Wayside, who have had the strangest and most disruptive of years.

“It was particularly hard for them when the park was closed for almost four months, but they have been tremendous.”

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