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Caravans of love - our fondness for these great mobile holiday homes

Jeff Williams and Jan Mohan and their caravan. Photo: Archant Library

Jeff Williams and Jan Mohan and their caravan. Photo: Archant Library

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Every year hundreds of the mobile homes make the trip to our coastline as holiday makers look to enjoy our sunny beaches or explore the broads. These pictures show the heritage of caravanning across our region and look at how they have changed throughout the years.

Romany-style caravans. Photo: Archant Library Romany-style caravans. Photo: Archant Library

1. Romany-style caravans, parked on Fritton Green for an overnight camp, with the horses unshafted and grazing in the background as these families prepare for supper, dated 26th July 1978.

Caravans on the clifftops. Photo: Archant Library Caravans on the clifftops. Photo: Archant Library

2. Caravans on the clifftops at East Runton, North Norfolk, dated 30th June 1995.

Half-size gipsy caravan. Photo: Archant Library Half-size gipsy caravan. Photo: Archant Library

3. Mr. John Reynolds with his half-size gipsy caravan, dated 4th February 1971.

Gaily-painted gipsy caravan. Photo: Archant Library Gaily-painted gipsy caravan. Photo: Archant Library

4. Every bit as compact as its modern counterpart is this gaily-painted gipsy caravan tucked away in a backyard in Friar Street, King’s Lynn. Mr. Poley Gray, the owner at the time, believed it was well over 60 years old. He and Mrs. Gray lived in the caravan for many years and raised five children in it, dated 20th August 1957.

Gipsy caravan restored by Joe Dawes and Robert Smith. Photo: Archant Library Gipsy caravan restored by Joe Dawes and Robert Smith. Photo: Archant Library

5. This brightly coloured gipsy caravan, which is thought to have been 170 years old at the time, was restored at Corpusty by Joe Dawes and Robert Smith (pictured in the door) who work at a local woodworking firm. Although the chasis was in a fair state, the rest of the caravan had to be completely renovated and repainted, dated 11th June 1970.

Customers leave by horse-drawn caravan. Photo: Archant Library Customers leave by horse-drawn caravan. Photo: Archant Library

6. The first customers for Breckland Holidays on Mill Farm in Deopham leave by horse-drawn caravan. Mr. David Chedgey and his wife, Eileen, with Matthew and Beth, move off pulled by Welsh Fred, dated 29th May 1976.

The Caraliner. Photo: Archant Library The Caraliner. Photo: Archant Library

7. The Caraliner - a boat which can accommodate a caravan - provides a new concept in boating holidays, say Jim and Anne Toplis, of Topcraft Cruisers, Oulton Broad.

Romany caravan. Photo: Archant Library Romany caravan. Photo: Archant Library

8. Mr. Mick Moore pictured with the Romany caravan that his firm has renovated, dated 20th June 1979.

Jeff Williams and Jan Mohan and their caravan. Photo: Archant Library Jeff Williams and Jan Mohan and their caravan. Photo: Archant Library

9. Jeff Williams and Jan Mohan, with their two lurcher dogs and the caravan in which they will be living, dated 31st May 1988.

Martin Brundle beneath the canopy of his luxury caravan. Photo: Archant Library Martin Brundle beneath the canopy of his luxury caravan. Photo: Archant Library

10. Martin Brundle takes a break beneath the canopy of his luxury caravan, a 23-foot long Chevrolet Jamboree Rallye, dated 9th January 1981.

If you’d like to share or simply enjoy more nostalgia then join our Facebook groups, Norwich Remembers, Lowestoft & Beccles Remembers and Great Yarmouth Memories.

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