Fears that holidaymakers might soon be waving "bye-de-bye" to the Blue coats were dispelled last night after a hotel group agreed an estimated £20m deal to rescue Pontins. Britannia Hotels, owner of the Adelphi in Liverpool, is understood to have fought off a late bid for the holiday-camp business from Bluebird Partners, a boutique asset-management company, in tandem with Peter Bull, the founder of Cinque Ports Leicestersure. Administrators from KPMG, appointed in November after Pontins' bank decided to pull the plug, said that they had received ten bids from wealthy individuals, private equity firms, property developers and trade bidders. The Times, Business, p53 The Independent

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