A retired teacher is enjoying her new holiday home in Windermere after she was surprised with the gift on live TV by a famous duo.

Kath Crawley was astonished when she was presented with the gift before a live audience of seven million viewers on ITV show Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway earlier this year.

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She was put forward by her colleagues and pupils at St Thomas’ CE Primary School in Wigan, assisted by Mrs Crawley’s daughter, Becky, in recognition of her 32-year career there and unwavering commitment to her community.

Mrs Crawley has had a family base at Avon Wood Holiday Home Park in Newby Bridge on the shores of Windermere for more than 50 years and, having retired in July, she is now enjoying her new two-bedroom Willerby Brookwood at the picturesque location.

“It’s hard to put into words what this means to me,” she said.

“The sentimental side of it is absolutely massive because, as a family, we can carry on something that my grandma Maud started 52 years ago.

“I absolutely love my new holiday home, the holiday park and everything the Lake District offers. We can now come here as a family for at least the next 20 years thanks to Willerby, the park owners, Andrew and Christine Morris, Kendal Caravans, ITV and everyone involved. I can’t thank everybody enough.”

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Mrs Crawley, who lives near Wigan, said the design of her caravan is perfect and she plans to spend as much time as possible in her new home from home with her partner, Paul, with visits from her children, Matthew, Becky and Sophie, their partners, and her sister, Sue, and her family.

“We’ve been able to enjoy it as a family and have a post-Covid get-together, which was lovely,” she said.

“Retirement is a new chapter. I’ll be able to go up to the holiday home more, do more walking and maybe take up canoeing. We now have a lovely base to do all of that from.”