We’ve hit the archive to bring you these photos from the Leisure and Lifestyle – Olympia Camping and Outdoor Life Exhibition in London during the 1960s.
Rosemary models the tent porch.
Keith Joseph a disciple of Margaret Thatcher once made a speech at the Outdoor Life exhibition in 1975. The Times Diary described the scene:
To get the full flavour, you have to picture it being delivered to an audience of apparently non-political campers, many with young children, who were standing in front of a mock woodland area. In this incongruous setting, the speech Sir Keith chose to deliver amounted to an attack on the Soviet Union. While the campers and their young stood speechless, he spent several minutes pointing out that ti was more difficult for the Russians to move about their country than it was for us. It was only when he came to the punch line that it was clear what he was on about. “It does strike a chill”, he said. “Are we sure that we shall not eventually be subject to movement permits if socialism advances here? Don’t be too sure.
These three laugh in the face of summer rains (and a loose tent pole).
Win Kensington’s Susan Hampshire !
Wendy is by her mobile house. It is Wendy’s house.
Three in the back. One in the passenger seat. And another on the roof. Plenty of room for all your girlfriends.
Diane Langton, 22, of Fulham, marvels at the shower while Ruth Senior, 25, of Boston, Lincolnshire, gets ready to detonate.
Wendy’s back. But what’s in the bucket?
And now for the pick of the bunch.
Come on in, baby, it’s cold outside.
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