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A hospital porter and his wife have spent the last 55 years visiting the Isles of Wight for their holidays and would never dream about going anywhere else. Leonard and Lillian Howard who are both 80 years old, first visited the Isle of Wight in 1953 and have returned without fail every year, for them the place is perfect and don’t see the need to ever go anywhere else.

The couple from London return for summer vacations, day trips and weekends away, apparently they’ve even gone on Isle of Wight holidays for Christmas and often taking relatives.

Mrs Howard is often recommending the holiday location to family & friends and it seems that the place is very close to their hearts. “We first visited the island in 1953 after a friend recommended it to us.”

“As soon as we got here we fell in love with the place and I’ve since recommended it to hundreds of other people.

“We could go to America or somewhere sunny like Benidorm but why travel all that way when all I want to do is sit in a deckchair and do my knitting?

“When we die we want our ashes to be scattered on Culver Cliff so we can look down on this beauty forever.

“It really is like paradise for us.”

This year the couple were surprised by their daughter Kim who booked a special trip for them to celebrate their 60th anniversary. The Isle of Wight Council were told about the story and arranged a unique reception to commemorate their Diamond anniversary.

They were joined by family members from all over the globe, some visiting from the USA to join in with the celebrations. Mrs Howard added “I keep telling everyone about the island and how wonderful it is and then when they go they always come back and tell me I was right.

“My favourite memory is of when my whole family, including my six brothers and one sister and their partners and in-laws, went over together.

“There were about 30 of us and we all played games on the beach. It was wonderful.”

This story shows that you don’t always have to go abroad to have a fun holiday, sometimes the best holidays are the ones on your doorstep. Find out more about holidays on Isles of Wight keep reading the Online Travel Blog!

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