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Christie and Derek Leary
Christie and Derek Leary bought their Type 2 Camper – aka ‘Daisy’ – in 1979. One of the last of its kind, it served the Learys well as transport during their careers as musicians and entertainers.
“We used to unload our gear into the theatre, do the show, leave the equipment in the theatre overnight and sleep in the car park,” explained Christie. “In the morning, we’d load the stuff up and drive off to the next gig.”
With the showbiz world now behind them, the Learys use Daisy strictly for pleasure. “We’ve been north, south, east and west – all over Britain in it,” Christie told us. “We’ve camped anywhere and everywhere: in Scotland with icicles, on Cornish beaches, Welsh mountains, everywhere.”
The Learys might be retired, but Daisy ensures that their lives continue to be active.
BOB & MAGGIE WARD
Music fans Bob and Maggie Ward bought their 1974 Westfalia Continental conversion 14 years ago to travel to music festivals. As a right-hand-drive model it’s something of a rarity. “We got fed up of sleeping in ditches and thought we deserved something better,” Bob told us.
A veteran of numerous Glastonburys and other events, the Wards’ Camper has earned its stripes. “It’s a lovely old van – even when it was in danger of getting stuck in muddy fields. There was one festival when it didn’t look like we were getting out, but by sheer determination I managed it. Thirty minutes later, other Campers were having to be dragged out by tractors.”
The torch has been handed down to a new generation, in the form of the Ward’s daughter, Jayne. Bob reckons it’s the only thing he’s ever bought that has increased in value – which should make it an heirloom to be treasured.