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Camping With Madeleine McCann

by | 19th, July 2009

our-maddie5MADELEINE McCann Watch: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Madeleine McCann in the news – let’s go camping with Madeleine McCann in Scotland.

It’s the Third Summer of Our Maddie and Scotland on Sunday’s Pauline Diamond wonders how she can work the missing child into a story of carefree camping.

FOUR miles south of Ayr, the Craig Tara holiday park’s 85 acres slope gently to the shore… Single-lane roads lead to dead ends and turning circles. Children’s toys and discarded bicycles lie on the grass, waiting to be tidied away. Some of the caravans are bordered by mini picket fences, pots of geraniums and clay cherubs by their front doors. It’s a world that values the familiar, where relaxation takes precedence over adventure…

Sounds lovely. Hi-de-hi! H0-de-ho! Relaxxxxxxx….

Part of Butlins’ appeal for hard-pressed parents was the knowledge that their children could be safely taken off their hands and entertained. In the evenings a chalet patrol service allowed parents to escape to the ballroom or showbar while their kids remained asleep in bed. Nursery staff would patrol the chalets, noting any sounds of crying babies or misbehaving children, and report back to their parents over the tannoy system. Since the disappearance of Madeleine McCann two years ago, this is unimaginable.

“It would be irresponsible for us to encourage parents to leave their kids alone in their caravans today,” says Bradford. “We simply wouldn’t want to do that.”

Even though no children went missing from Butlins, and the system worked brilliantly, Our Maddie – It Could Be You – spreads the fear.


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