Fan in a Van: England’s Biggest Fan has Been Found!
Monday 21, May 2012
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 visiting the beautiful Yorkshire and Lancashire countryside, 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 her 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 10-week trip 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!"
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. Follow Rachel on this trip of a lifetime on Twitter @faninavan and read all about her adventures on www.visitenglandblog.com.
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