A man from Porth in the Rhondda has come up trumps by winning a competition on a soft drinks bottle, but guess where his prize destination was?
Donald Isaacs from Britannia Street, Porth, who never normally wins anything, picked up a promotional bottle of pop with his lunchtime meal, and when he got back to his desk at work, he entered the code into a website to try and win a holiday.
Donald’s luck was in, when the word “Winner” flashed across his screen. When he looked at the bottle he had picked up, he realised he had won a holiday to Pontypridd, just a few miles down the road.
“I never normally win anything see,” said Donald, 33, “I couldn’t believe it when I saw I’d won, I was so excited and when I realised the destination was Ponty, I was over the moon.”
Mr Isaacs, known locally as Don, who works for Rhondda Cynon Taf Council in Pontypridd, started his week’s holiday by catching the train from Porth to Ponty, with his wife Kaylee, “It felt a bit weird,” said Kaylee, “getting on the train in Porth with all our suitcases and only going two stops.”
When they got to Ponty station, they were met by Bruce Frog from the drinks company that runs the holiday promotion, and were whisked across the road to a champagne dinner in Whetherspoon’s pub. Following the meal they were put in a taxi and taken to the Heritage Park Hotel, near Porth.
Mrs Isaacs told us, “It’s absolutely ridiculous really to think me and Don were staying in the Heritage Park hotel, we’ve always wanted to stay there, but it just seemed a bit silly to pay all that money just to stay down the road. It was really posh.”
Bikini and Sun Cream
The prize also included an all expenses paid visit to the Heritage Park museum, a day’s shopping in Pontypridd, and free entry to Pontypridd Lido. They also enjoyed dinner in the Bunch of Grapes, but following their meal, they had to catch the last train to Porth and walk back to the Heritage Park.
As the prize was only for two people, Mr and Mrs Isaacs took it in turns to go home each night to look after their two children, Keeley and Keira.