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Barry Island 'crying out' for caravan park

Posted by Greg Throughton

Many of the people looking to install new caravan taps in their mobile homes will be "crying out" to stay in a caravan park on Barry Island, it has been claimed.

According to Marco Zeraschi, the owner of a cafe on the promenade at Barry Island, visitor numbers to the tourist spot are up by 30 per cent compared with last year.

However, this is still some way down on levels seen in the resort's heyday of the 60s, 70s and 80s, when thousands of campers flocked to the Butlins holiday camp located on the island.

The Barry Island Butlins closed in 1996, but Mr Zeraschi is confident the demand is still there for accommodation for visitors, and he believes that a caravan park would serve this purpose, Wales Online reports.

"We are a top holiday resort, the jewel in the crown of South Wales, yet there is nowhere for people to stay," he told the news provider.

"People want to stay here and wake up in the morning looking out over the beach and sea."

With Barry holidaymakers having been spoilt by the weather in recent days, campers in the area will want to have a fully-functioning caravan fridge in order to keep the drinks cool.