Festive motor homes idea comes under fire

PUBLISHED: 10:00 17 January 2017

Lynette Matravers greeted people and dogs on the seafront on Christmas day offering chocolates and doggie sweets to anyone who passed by. Ref exe Lynette Matravers. Picture: contributed

Lynette Matravers greeted people and dogs on the seafront on Christmas day offering chocolates and doggie sweets to anyone who passed by. Ref exe Lynette Matravers. Picture: contributed

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An ‘anti-motor home’ pensioner from Exmouth has hit out at a Good Samaritan’s plan to spread seafront cheer to strangers.

Ann Membery, 70, of St John’s Road, Exmouth, wants to put the brakes on brain tumour survivor Lyn Matravers’ idea for a festive ‘street’ of motor homes, where owners park along the seafront after the annual swim on December 25 and hand out treats to passers-by.

Married Ann, a caravan enthusiast, said motor homes should be discouraged from Exmouth seafront at all times, branding them a ‘nuisance’.

Her message to motor home owners is to stay away on Christmas Day – and the rest of the year.

Lyn Matravers, 61, of Littleham, who is celebrating a year of good health after recovering from an operation to remove a benign tumour from her brain, spent four hours parked along the seafront after the festive swim, handing out sweets to strangers to spread some cheer.

She hopes motor home owners will band together to start a new seafront tradition, handing out treats on Christmas Day.

Ann, who six years ago moved to Exmouth from Wiltshire with her husband, fears the town’s roads will become gridlocked.

She said motor homes clogged up Exmouth seafront, preventing visitors from parking.

The pensioner blames new homes at Cranbrook, Topsham and Exeter for an increase in traffic heading for Exmouth’s coast.

She said: “I would say, Christmas Day, we don’t want motor homes there.

“We have got people coming to park for the swim; it will be just manic. Motor homes are so big.

“If you want to help people out to give them treats, don’t bring a motor home down on Christmas Day with the swim. I could go down there without a motor home and dish out sweets.

“I don’t think it’s necessary to have people in motor homes. They are becoming such a nuisance. They just seem to dominate the area.”

She added: “We are getting old and grumpy. The reason we are old and grumpy is because we see the world better; we see sense.”


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