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A Hunstanton caravan site turns away a motorcaravanner for being ‘single’

A Hunstanton caravan park has been accused of discrimination after banning a recently-widowed motorhomer because she was ‘single’.

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Searles Leisure Resort refused to allow Annette Gration to pitch up after she visited the park with friends to help her come to terms with the loss of her husband of 40 years to cancer, just four months earlier.

Best friends Sue and John Gill had booked two pitches in advance for themselves and Mrs Gration, who had visited the popular, family-run park with her late husband on previous occasions.

But when they arrived Mr Gill was told by a park representative at check-in that because Mrs Gration was ‘single’ she was no longer entitled to stay at the park, despite being advised that she had only recently lost her husband.

Reluctant to upset their friend, the Gills advised Searles’ staff that Mrs Gration’s son would also be arriving later in the day to stay in her motorhome with her, at which point she was allowed to stay.

Mrs Gill said: “Annette had never driven a motorhome while her husband was alive, so driving and looking after her motorhome alone is still a very new and slightly daunting experience for her. She was trying hard to be brave and I knew that if I announced to her that she could not stay at Searles it would be deeply upsetting and was not something I felt she could have handled.”

She continued: “Sadly, the check-in drama has left a very nasty taste in our mouths and I cannot understand why any single person who is using their own caravan or motorhome is viewed so negatively by Searles.”

Mrs Gration, 58, of Skegness, who had nursed her husband for the last 18 months of his life, spoke to the Caravan Times about her experience at the hands of Searles and upset of being told she could not stay at the site.
Source:  http://www.lynnnews.co.uk/