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26.12.2004 General News

Holidaymakers mark Christmas at the beaches

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Accra, Dec. 26, GNA - Thousands of holidaymakers on Sunday thronged the popular beaches in Accra to mark the yuletide with parties and picnics. When the Ghana News Agency visited some beaches around midday there were large crowds of revellers drinking the time away, some taking a swim and others engaging in various fun games and dancing to the tunes of the country's most popular artists.

At the Korle-Gono Beach, the beach's security details were present to keep order and protect the holidaymakers from intruders. An official at the Resort who spoke on anonymity told the GNA that swimming guards had been engaged to ensure safety, with areas demarcated for safe swimming.

The scene was not much different at the La Pleasure Beach. Not even the twenty-Five thousand cedis gate fee could deter the packed crowd from getting onto the beach.

The queues were long while anxious holidaymakers patiently waited for their turn. There was heavy security detail to keep order. An official said various safety measures had been taken to protect swimmers and to prevent deaths.

Other holidaymakers were also enjoying themselves at the less developed sites at the eastern and western ends of the La beach. Most people who live around the beach took the opportunity to make some money by selling edibles and drinks at increased prices. However, most people who could not afford the gate fees at the more organized beaches had to make do with the Independence Square beach.

As at the time the GNA left the beaches there were no reported cases of drowning.

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