England's Biggest Fan has Been Found!

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Friday 18 May 2012

Fan in a Van

Fan in a Van

VisitEngland, the country’s national tourist board launched a nationwide campaign in March to find England’s biggest fan for an all-expenses paid 70-day trip around the country. After an extensive search, VisitEngland can reveal that England’s biggest fan is Rachel Kershaw from Lancashire!

Rachel, 30, wowed the judges with her passion for England and her zest for life. Holidaying at home from an early age on the Yorkshire Moors, Rachel grew up loving her mother country and nurturing a life-long ambition to drive an ‘old school’ camper van on a mega road trip around the country.

“This is the challenge and opportunity I’ve been waiting for! I can’t think of anything better than travelling around England in a vintage camper van and discovering new places. I’m very excited about the trip and am looking forward to setting off next week from somewhere I have always dreamt of visiting, Cornwall.”

England’s biggest fan will explore those places that are illuminated by the torch, blogging and writing about what they find as they go. Driving the length and breadth of the country in a classic camper van, provided by O’Connors Campers, and staying in The Camping and Caravanning Club’s sites, Fan-Rachel will be getting to the heart and soul of the country. By creating updates for Facebook and Twitter, blog posts, photographs and video footage of their amazing trip, Rachel will help inspire the rest of the country to take a holiday at home this year.

VisitEngland’s Chairman and Fan in a Van Judge, Lady Cobham said:
“We chose Rachel Kershaw to be our Fan in a Van because her enthusiasm and passion for her home country is truly infectious! During this amazing trip of 10 weeks discovering every corner of England, she will, I’m sure, inspire the Great British Public to take a holiday at home this year and enjoy what we have on offer during this very special year.”

Martin Dorey, author of The Camper Van Coast Book, and Fan in a Van judge said:
“"What a great trip the Fan in the Van will have! I wish I could go along too. We've got so many wonderful natural, beautiful and interesting places in England that it could take a lifetime to visit them all. The Fan in the Van will see more of them than most and I can't wait to read all about it on the Visit England blog – http://www.visitenglandblog.com/faninavan

England’s Super-Fan Rachel will begin her trip on 19 May from Land’s End where she will be waved off from the stunning alfresco theatre The Minack overlooking Porthcurno Bay close to Land’s End.


For more information, images or to set up an interview contact:
Sarah Long, Head of Corporate Communications Tel: 020 7578 1452, Mob: 07500555651, Email: sarah.long@visitengland.org www.visitengland.org
Rebecca Holloway, Head of PR, Tel: 020 7578 1429. ,Mob:07818 043 791 Email: rebecca.holloway@visitengland.org

About VisitEngland
• VisitEngland is the country’s national tourist board. We work in partnership with the industry to develop the visitor experience across England, plan national tourism strategy, grow the value of tourism in England and provide advocacy for the industry and our visitors
• Our work is underpinned by robust research and customer insights. You can access the latest in-depth market intelligence and statistics on www.visitengland.org/insight-statistics
• VisitEngland markets England under the Enjoy England consumer brand in the domestic market and markets England under the VisitEngland brand internationally

About O’Connors Campers
O’Connors Campers has a selection of 2, 4 or 6 berth vans, each of which come fully equipped with a sink, cooker, fridge, cycle rack, camping gas, cooking equipment, crockery, cutlery, and an extra outdoor table and chairs so you can enjoy the sunshine. A tent and extra camp beds can also be supplied free, on request. Prices start from £350 for a weekend break in a four-berth campervan.

Based on the edge of Dartmoor, O’Connors Campers is the perfect starting point for a road trip exploring the beautiful countryside and coastline of Devon and Cornwall. Choose from a selection of fifteen 1960s splitscreen or 1970s baywindow vans in a variety of colours, all of which come with their own name and personality, and hit the road!

To book, visit www.oconnorscampers.co.uk or call 01837 659599

About the Camping and Caravanning Club

The Camping and Caravanning Club is 111-years-old and is the largest and oldest Club in the world for all forms of camping. It has 110 award-winning sites throughout the UK and, through a partnership with the Forestry Commission, now runs and manages a further 20 Camping in the Forest Touring Sites