Liverpool families slam North Wales ‘zombie apocalypse’ claims

There were mixed feelings about a family who cut short their holiday to North Wales after saying the resort resembled "a scene from a zombie apocalypse".

Ian Doyle, from Wirral, booked a three night stay in the seaside town of Llandudno with his wife and daughter at the start of the school summer holidays.

But the family arrived to find the resort "absolutely deserted" and resembling a "ghost town", with few hotels open and most attractions shut.

After staying just one night at a Travelodge in the town, the family, who are regular visitors to Llandudno, decided to return home to Wirral, North Wales Live reported.

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Mr Doyle warned that other tourists would shun North Wales this summer unless more facilities were quickly re-opened.

Ian Doyle and his family, from the Wirral, cut short their three-night holiday to post-lockdown Llandudno after finding it was like a "ghost town"

He said: “We assumed there would be a tsunami of tourism but the town is like a scene from a zombie apocalypse.

“No hotels apart from ours seemed to be open, seafront guest houses were shut and there were no OAPs spending the grey pound that supports 50% of the town.”

These were a few of the reactions we received after running the story.

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Jacqui Eyres said: "We went to Llandudno around five years ago and it was quiet then.

"We went for the day from a Haven Park and when we went to a little cafe for ice creams and drinks the lady there said she was pleased to see some life as it had been so quiet. I felt sorry for them to be honest."

People relax and enjoy Llandudno beach after pandemic travel restrictions were eased on July 06, 2020 in Llandudno

Allison Metcalf said: "Do people not watch the news. Places will be closed. Things are not back to normal. If you don’t like this, stay home."

Jon Williams said: "Went [to] Llandudno a few days ago and it was rammed. No parking, people everywhere in shops, pier open for rides and shops but arcades shut. All over North Wales, pub beer gardens open with no social distancing. Everyone was just sitting next to each other getting drunk. Definitely busier now."

Kate Roberts said: "We went in the rain on Saturday & even then there were a lot of people around considering the bad weather! There were also quite a lot of hotels open, shops, a few fair rides on the pier so definitely not a ghost town!"

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Heather Francis said: "What did he expect? Wales are taking this lockdown completely differently to England. All he had to do was research and he would have found out everywhere is still closed."

Kathryn Brindley said: "They have their own lockdown rules in Wales! Holidaymakers should check first, I drove through the town on Sunday and from what I saw it was rammed with people, no not really apocalyptic as described, yes things are closed but that's in line with the COVID-19 rules. Have this family not heard of a bucket and spade? Picnic? Walk up the Great Orme?"

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