Caravans: A British Love Affair

I caught this programme today on BBC Three all about Caravans, and how they revolutionised the way that British people holidayed. The programme features some great little interviews and anecdotes with ‘enthusiasts’ – one lady explaining how she decided to drive her family to Paris following the death of her husband and they parked up right outside the Arc de Triomphe and spent the night there. I don’t think that many people have been fortunate enough to have had that experience.

The programme also heavily features a man called Sam Alper, who invented the ‘Sprite’ caravan in the 1950s as he saw that Britain needed a light and affordable caravan, that would be easily available to them. Interestingly, the caravans were manufactured in Stratford East London where I now live. Alper founded ‘Caravans International’ in 1963, and over the next two decades expanded the range and quantity of caravans produced. The company went into liquidation however in the early 1980s.

Sam Alper will always have a place in my heart, as he also founded the Little Chef roadside restaurants still seen around UK roadsides today.

The programme is still available to watch at the following address: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00hw3s0/Caravans_A_British_Love_Affair/

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