Credit Crunch Break

Rio Ferdinand’s holiday in a Welsh caravan park

Manchester Utd star spends £400 on humble staycation

Rio Ferdinand

He may earn over £100,000-a-week, and he may run his own luxury lifestyle magazine, but Rio Ferdinand has been living like someone who is actually affected by the global economic downturn. In a move that suggests the Manchester Utd star possesses a degree of humility that is very rare among top flight players, he was spotted with his family at Presthaven Sands, a Haven Holidays camp in North Wales.

The Telegraph done a report what says:

Dismissing more tropical getaways, Ferdinand decided to take his family to the small town in Denbighshire known as the “gateway to North Wales coast” where “mountain air meets salty sea breezes”.

And in the spirit of Britain’s summer of “staycation” the £100,000-a-week Premiership star booked his wife Rebecca Ellison and two sons into the Haven park for a credit-crunch busting weekend break in late August.

He did, however, choose a top-of-the-range “Prestige” caravan – at £400 for the weekend.

A Haven spokesperson said Rio was “affable” when mobbed by autograph seeking youngsters when he took his own kids onto a playground and a go-kart track.

While this seems like a charming story of modesty, we can’t help but feel a little cynical. Firstly, it’s not actually known whether if Ferdinand stayed in the caravan overnight, so it’s possible that he payed £400 to effectively take the kids out for the day. Secondly, Mr Ferdinand’s name has been used to surreptitiously promote property in exotic locations – could his appearance in North Wales be part of a similar marketing ploy by the good folks at Haven?


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