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January 14, 2011 04:32 ET

12 Year Old Haven Holiday Maker Lands Dream Job in Haven TV Commercial

HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Jan. 14, 2011) - Like plenty of other kids, twelve year old Benjamin Lyons likes nothing better than a family holiday near the seaside with UK favourite Haven Holidays. He's been a great fan of Haven since he was tiny and has clocked up visits to Greenacres in North Wales, had fun at Thorpe Park near Cleethorpes and is a regular visitor to The Orchards, not far from his home in Essex.

But Ben, who attends a performing arts school and belongs to an Acting Agency has his sights set firmly on stardom.

So imagine his delight when he landed the contract to appear in the Haven TV commercial – with the added bonus of being the face of Haven Holidays 2011! Ben's cheeky grin and 'boy next door' looks were exactly what Haven were looking for when they auditioned for the TV ad – but they hadn't expected to find an ardent Haven fan into the bargain.

'I was shouting and jumping around with excitement when I heard the news,' says Ben. 'There were so many other children at the auditions that I didn't think I'd be successful. As I'd been on some Haven Holidays before landing this role it is a dream come true!'

Filming the commercial was easy for Ben – he just had to play himself! 

'It was loads of fun. I had a week off school to do all the things I like best, like playing on the flumes and slides and going in the Water Walkerz.' 

Lucky Ben's 'working day' involved cycling, adventure golf, games on the beach and crabbing in rock pools, trying out the climbing walls and having a go at fencing. The filming took place at three different parks and the only thing Ben didn't much like was the travelling. 'Usually when we go to Haven we go to a park closer to home!' 

So what does Ben like best about Haven? Unsurprisingly for someone who enjoys fishing and gymnastics, karate and football as well as learning tap dancing, modern dancing, break dancing and street dancing at school – it's the wide choice of activities on offer with Haven that Ben enjoys best.

He says, 'You're just never really bored – there's always something to do, like fencing or archery. And you can try out things you've never done before, like the high ropes course at Hafan y Mor or the Water Walkerz in the swimming pools. There's just never a dull moment. And I like the fact that I get to do more things with the rest of my family. It's good when everyone joins in playing games on the beach and I love spending time fishing with my Dad - we don't get so much time to do that at home.'

But Ben is already looking forward to another holiday with his family at Hafan y Mor where he'll have a chance to spend more time enjoying the activities filmed for the TV commercial 'And have another go on the high ropes course!' he chuckled.

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