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At ease! Squaddies living the Hi-de-Hi life at Pontins

Testing site: Soldier at holiday park PICTURE: GETTY

SOLDIERS stationed at Pontins to help with Covid testing have jokingly compared the holiday camp to Afghanistan.

Around 2,000 Army personnel have been based at the resort in Southport, Merseyside, to work on the government’s mass testing programme.

To while away the time, some have been posting reviews on Tripadvisor — and after serving in Helmand Province, they were keen to compare experiences.

Referring to the Army base in Helmand, Steven George gave Pontins five stars, saying: ‘This isn’t a shade on Camp Bastion.’

He went on: ‘For a man who doesn’t like hot food this is the place to be.

‘If you get Covid there is room service of food delivery to your room.

‘The only downside to this place is my boots don’t fit and my mail isn’t getting through. But these are only minor points.

‘The site security is excellent, there is no getting through them, not even Deliveroo.’

Another reviewer, McLovin, wrote: ‘After years of living in squalor in my barracks, Pontins was like checking into the Ritz.’

A third, posting under the name Chuck Norris, also left a five-star review, saying: ‘The highlight is the ability to be able to cook scran in my immediate vicinity without being disciplined.’ However, another soldier joked that the Army ‘couldn’t afford Butlins’ in his two-star review. The mass testing, for the Liverpool region, is the first pilot of whole city testing in England.