World accolade for Bournemouth

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When Dennis Isaacs, a competition winner, was given the chance to take a pounds 10,000 holiday anywhere in the world there was only one option.

Forget the exotic delights of Borneo, the Bermuda sun or the nightlife of Ibiza; caretaker Mr Isaacs, 71, only had eyes for Britain - and Bournemouth in particular.

He has chosen to spend his Barclays Bank prize on a trip to the Dorset resort, supplemented with a coach tour of the Scottish Highlands and a visit to Guernsey.

Mr Isaacs, from King's Lynn, Norfolk, who will be accompanied by his wife Kathleen, 80, said: "I prefer not to get into the hassle of travelling abroad ... A holiday is all about relaxing and we want to go where we feel we can relax ... the idea of all this exotic sun and sand doesn't really appeal."

Liz Micklethwaite, spokeswoman for Bournemouth Borough Council, said she was "delighted".

"We have beautiful beaches and gardens, clubs, pubs, a variety of accommodation and the New Forest is just on our doorstep - what more could you want?"