National Feast of Lanterns creates its own legend

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Friday 14 September 2007

This year’s National Feast of Lanterns event saw a host of famous myths and legends brought to life in the most spectacular fashion!

The event, hosted annually by The Camping and Caravanning Club, saw over 2000 units and approximately 5000 attendees enjoying some spectacular sights and sounds.  Highlights included the colourful Mardi Gras and stunning illuminations display. 

Nev Ramsbottom, Chairman of The Camping and Caravanning Club, says: “The South West Region should be very proud of themselves for putting together an immensely enjoyable event. Everyone really got into the spirit of the myths and legends theme, and even Merlin the wizard himself made an appearance at the Mardi Gras!

“The Club is very proud that this event remains the largest meet for all forms of campers in the UK, and will continue to promote the fantastic sights, sounds and fun that the outdoors has to offer.”

The event hosted a variety of performances to enthral young and old, including a live performance from the Royal Marines Band, entertainment from Bluey the Clown and the popular Pennon Parade.  The event was also a successful fundraiser, with over £4,000 raised on behalf of the Royal National Lifeboat Institute, and £500 raised on behalf of the Salvation Army.

The very first Feast of Lanterns was held in Dorking, Surrey in 1921.  This year saw the festival take place for the 79th year .


Editorial Notes:

1. National Feast of Lanterns takes place on an annual basis.  However, the 1939 event was cancelled when war was declared and none were held during the war; in 1972, a last-minute planning problem caused its cancellation.  Consequently, 79 have taken place from 1921 to 2007.
2. Each year, NFOL is held in a different region of the UK and is organised by voluntary officers from The Camping and Caravanning Club in that particular Region.   
3. National Feast of Lanterns is only open to Camping and Caravanning Club members.
4. The Camping and Caravanning Club is 106 years old and is the largest and oldest Club in the world for all forms of camping. It has over 100 award-winning sites throughout the UK and, through a partnership with the Forestry Commission, Forest Holidays now runs a further 21 Camping and Caravanning and three Cabin Sites.
5. National awards for 2006/7 include:

  • Practical Motorhome 2007 Sovereign Awards – Carefree International Travel Service awarded Gold Sovereign 2007
  • Barrons’ UK’s favourite camp site, Keswick 2007
  • Loo of the Year, Overall UK Winner 2006
  • Loo of the Year, Glencoe Site - Winner in Scotland 2006
  • Scottish Thistle Awards, Glencoe Site highly commended 2006
  • Camping Magazine’s readers voted Minehead Site as the Most Scenic Camp Site in Britain 2006
  • Enjoy England Excellence Awards, Sandringham Site awarded silver for 2006
  • North East England Excellence in Tourism Awards, Barnard Castle awarded bronze for 2006
  • MMM’s readers voted Teversal Site as the Best Camp Site 2006
  • European Call Centre of the Year (under 50 seats) 2006