Campaigners rejoice as decision to close Prestatyn camp is revoked


Suzanne Jordan

CAMPAIGNERS are celebrating after a decision to close a Prestatyn holiday camp was revoked.

Irene Crumb, who’s parents ran the camp in the 1960s, expressed her happiness that the management committee had rescinded its decision to close Salford Children’s Holiday Camp - despite an initial ruling that it would “shut up for good” back in April.

Originally, the Camp was termed as “outdated” and “no long viable” by the management committee and the Camp, which is run by an independent committee, had its £50,000 annual grant cut by Salford Council.

The U-turn decision to save the Camp was carried out after more than 1600 people signed an online petition to keep it open and the committee agreed to form a "working group" who will devise a plan to keep the camp open and ready for use in 2015.

In a statement Nick Abbott, who has been leading the campaign to keep the Camp open, said: “We did it, the camp is saved. We would like to thank Salford schools, the local business community and charitable organisations for their support in helping us reach this decision.”

Mrs Crumb added: “It is fantastic news, were so happy - Nick Abbott has worked very hard. There are a lot of schools interested and all the children are over the moon.”

Salford Children’s Holiday Camp in Prestatyn, known affectionately as the “Jam Butty Camp” has provided holidays for schoolchildren since 1926.

It was established to provide free holidays by the sea for disadvantaged children but it is now available to all primary schoolchildren in return for a donation.

Salford councillor Bernard Pennington, chairman of the Children’s Holiday Camp management committee, said: “The Committee has agreed to form a working group which will have on it representatives from the Management Committee and representatives from the group, led by Nick Abbott that has been campaigning to keep the camp open."

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