Caravan advert star searches for on-screen wife
Ken with his on screen family towing the folding caravan
Monday, 23, Aug 2010 03:42
A 77-year-old former scooter engineer is searching for the woman who once played his wife in a 1959 caravan advert.
According to the Berwick Advertiser, Ken Strugnell is hoping to find his on-screen partner to tell her that the BBC is remaking the TV ad as part of a programme to be released later this year.
The original saw a then 26-year-old Mr Strugnell towing a fold-away caravan in his Lambretta scooter with sidecar from Emsworth to Bosham Quay.
On arrival, his character and his wife and daughter get to work setting up the 6ft 6in mobile home right on the beach.
The star admitted that the caravan was probably too small to catch on, but suggested that it might be nice for his co-star to see the remake.
He has already been in touch with the 54-year-old woman who played his daughter to let her know, but Mr Strugnell's real wife had her own theory on why the idea did not last long.
"There's a moment when the wind catches the caravan as he's putting it up and it looks like it might fall off the quay into the sea. It doesn't, but it's very funny," she told the newspaper.
Meanwhile, the newspaper recently revealed that a local campsite has applied for permission to add a further 51 caravan pitches to its site.