PRIME Minster David Cameron was forced to cut short his annual Cornish holiday this week to oversee contingency plans for military action in response to the suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria.
He and his family mingled with the crowds in north Cornwall and were spotted at Polzeath beach throughout last week, and on Sunday were in Port Isaac where he supported the local RNLI station by buying raffle tickets – but failed to pick the lucky numbers and left empty-handed.
Port Isaac RNLI chairman Bob Bulgin said: "We were holding the very popular attraction at Port Isaac Lifeboat Larks event and Mr Cameron was relaxing with his daughter, Florence Rose.
"He purchased two strips of raffle tickets in support of the Port Isaac RNLI from Councillor Andy Penny. Unfortunately they were not the lucky numbers, but it gave him the opportunity to express his interest and support of our station's lifeboat service and he complimented both crew and committee on a well-run event."
The Camerons arrived in Cornwall last Tuesday, staying near Padstow at the home of George Hollingbery, Tory MP for Meon Valley, Hampshire.
Wearing his trusty navy polo shirt, Mr Cameron looked casual and relaxed on Wednesday morning as he enjoyed a pint of Tribute Ale at the Oystercatcher bar in Polzeath.
He was said to be taking a breather from surfing when he entered the bar at about 10am.
Oystercatcher manager Heather Thompson said: "The Prime Minister was incredibly polite and seemed very interested in the place and the area."
On Thursday, Mr Cameron strolled along Polzeath beach virtually unnoticed, clutching a Union flag towel and a copy of Churchill's First War by Con Coughlin.