Hopes for 'holidays at home' boost as Doncaster spa re-opens after eight month nightmare since November floods

The last eight months have been a nightmare for Doncaster businesswoman Pam Webb.

By David Kessen
Thursday, 30th July 2020, 6:00 am

But now she is hoping that doubts over foreign holidays will boost local businesses in the borough as they finally re-surface after months of lockdown.

Pam’s Truffle Lodge spa was left under water in November when Fishlake flooded when the River Don broke its banks.

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Pam Webb the owner of Truffle Lodge Luxury Spa, Fishlake.

Just two months later, she was forced to close again along with many other businesses as the coronavirus lockdown arrived.

But on Saturday (August 1), she will finally be re-opening again, after permission was granted by the Government for facial treatments to be carried out and steam rooms to be used – the last of the services carried out at Truffle Lodge to have been covered by the restrictions which were imposed.

She said:”We finally managed to re-open on January 6, only to have to close again on March 25. Now we can open again, and we’re doing everything we can to make things safe. There will be hand sanitisers and the girls who do the beauty treatments will wear face shields.

Date: 13th November 2019. Picture James Hardisty. The prime minister Boris Johnson, arriving at St Cuthbert's Church, Fishlake, near Doncaster, before chatting with victims and volunteers of the floods, pictured walking with Pam Webb, from Truffle Lodge, Trundle Ln, Fishlake, Doncaster.

"We can’t remain closed forever so is it a case of being happy people have been so sensible.

"It was a massive relief when they said we could reopen. We had started taking bookings for August 1 as a target, and the therapists are as excited as I am.”

Pam believes businesses like hers may see visits from people who have been affected by Government travel restrictions. She said she had great sympathy for those whose holidays were affected.

She added: “People have been ringing to say they have not got anywhere to go, and asking about day passes here. It’s terrible if people miss out on their holidays, but businesses in the UK may be able to provide good experiences for people.

Truffle Lodge owner Pam Webb, pictured in the Pool Room, after the flood waters had subsided, before work to re-open was completed. Picture: Marie Caley NDFP-10-12-19-Fishlake 2-NMSY

"It is very disappointing that we can’t go abroad, but let’s embrace what we can here in England.”

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