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Early Christmas present for Andrea

Andrea Dougan with daughters Molly (left), 12, and Bethany, 15
Andrea Dougan with daughters Molly (left), 12, and Bethany, 15

[C]hristmas has come early this year for Andrea Dougan thanks to Cumbria-based coach holiday specialists Reays.

The mum-of-two will be off to Edinburgh next month after winning a weekend Christmas shopper break to the Scottish capital.

Andrea, from Whitehaven, received her surprise present as the lucky winner of a competition to mark Reays passing 5,000 Likes on its Facebook page.

“I couldn’t stop smiling after they told me I’d won,” said Andrea, 40, who will be taking husband Stephen with her on the one-night trip in November, staying at the Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor Hotel.

“I have been to concerts with Reays before with my daughters and friends to see One Direction and Robbie Williams in Newcastle and Manchester. I go on Reays’ Facebook page because there’s always something exciting to go to.

“I saw a post about them giving away a shopping trip to Edinburgh as they were getting near 5,000 Likes – so I shared it and and totally forgot abut it. It’s really handy travelling with Reays because they always pick us up from Whitehaven, which is ideal,” she added.

The Edinburgh trip is one of seven Christmas or new year breaks in Reays’ holiday brochure ahead of the release of the 2017 edition. Besides its UK and European holiday programme, the Wigton-based firm also operates one of the largest fleets of private hire coaches in the north of England as well as the award-winning City Hopper public bus service in Carlisle and Sellafield’s on-site staff transport.

Michelle Stacey, commercial director for the family-run firm, said: “Congratulations to Andrea. I hope she enjoys her trip with us. It’s nice to play Santa and give someone an unexpected early Christmas present.”

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