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Camerons return for annual Cornish holiday - but is life still a beach?

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: August 21, 2013

  • Above, Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha sit on a bench yesterday, outside a cafe overlooking the beach at Polzeath, during their annual summer holiday in North Cornwall

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Life has changed for David Cameron and his family since they were first widely photographed in Cornwall during the summer of 2008. But the polo shirt remains the same.

Yesterday, the Prime Minister and his wife were snapped enjoying the sunshine while perched overlooking Polzeath beach in North Cornwall. It was the fourth consecutive year the couple have agreed to a photo shoot while making their annual summer pilgrimage west.

Yet while the Conservative leader retains the baby-faced demeanour he boasted in Opposition – when the tanking economy and foreign crises were giving Labour sleepless nights – the scars of office are beginning to show.

A day earlier, the Prime Minister told the BBC while on the Scottish island of Jura that he had undergone hospital treatment after complaining about a "phenomenally bad back". Look closer at the pictures from five years ago and you'll see a few more crows' feet and grey hairs.

But back then, when he took time out to speak to Western Morning News readers, and flicked through this paper on the beach, he wasn't living at 10 Downing Street, which was yesterday embroiled in its latest "crisis" – rows over destroying leaked documents.

However, keen observers of the Cameron family album will have noted a recurring theme. While the ultra-fashionable "Sam Cam" has been praised for successful wardrobe changes, including the canary "maxi" dress worn during the pregnancy of the couple's fourth child, her husband's sense of style has been more predictable.

Once again Mr Cameron opted for a navy polo shirt – not dissimilar to the one he sported in '12, '11 and '10, while a lighter version debuted in '08 – while his wife wore a denim blouse teamed with beige chino shorts.

But there was one notable change from their Polzeath visit last year. Gone the blustery showers. But gone too the bowl of mussels and pint of Tribute that they enjoyed during a gap in the rain. Instead, well, nothing.

The owner of the Cafe India restaurant may be surprised to pick up a newspaper this morning and find the Prime Minister and his wife were relaxing on one of his benches a day earlier. Surprised because the cafe was closed when the couple arrived and, shoot complete, departed refreshment-free.

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  • cweatherhill  |  August 23 2013, 1:54PM

    Where, YC, do you get the idea that he's a "paying customer"? He's not. He's staying at a crony's 4th home (3 of them in Kernow). Anything purchased locally (if anything) for him, his wife and his numerous security team, is being paid for with YOUR money and mine, not his.

  • break  |  August 22 2013, 2:12AM

    I'm hoping that he really desperately needs to use the public 'conveniences' at some time while he's here,and that when he goes to them,he finds out that they've been shut due to his cost cutting measures normal people have had to endure.

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  • DipStick  |  August 21 2013, 5:17PM

    @emurfitt: your description fits politicians of any party! DS

  • emurfitt  |  August 21 2013, 1:04PM

    On the other hand, youngcornwall, he has made a lot of us miserable all year round and does nothing for Cornwall except inflict his odious presence on us once a year. I think we might make an exception for this persecutor of the vulnerable, this statistics fiddler, this misogynistic, elitist, greedy little member of the old boy network...

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  • BobToronto  |  August 21 2013, 12:54PM

    Leolegrande's nasty comment seems to be typical of a mindset of far too many people in the UK. I wonder what misfortune miserable Leo's little mind wants the PM to suffer? Bad weather, food poisoning from badly prepared food eaten in an over priced Cornish restaurant?. Time wasted in traffic jams on inadequate roads? Having to share space with ignorant, badly educated Chavs? Leo may be happy if the PM suffers all the above. Does he realize if the Camerons do suffer many more families some of whom may not be Tory supporters will also suffer. Why should Canadian or say, Italian tourists have a 'thoroughly miserable holidays?

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  • youngcornwall  |  August 21 2013, 12:13PM

    @leolegrande This is not the message Cornwall want to get out, we hope everybody has an enjoyable stay while they are in Cornwall. PM or not, he is a paying customer.

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  • leolegrande  |  August 21 2013, 11:22AM

    Lets hope he has a thoroughly miserable holiday.

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