North Luffenham & Edith Weston in the 1950s
Our first caravan'When Virginia was about to arrive in England there was an extreme shortage of civilian housing available in the local area for Air Force families, and so the many people who had taken their families there from Canada were more or less obligated to seek alternate accommodation.'
'The most readily available was holiday type caravans. RCAF permission was obtained to establish a Caravan Site on the Air Base along both sides of the Air Force road that led off the base, past the Air Force cinema and onto the road past the village of Edith Weston.'
'The site I obtained was the one farthest onto the Air Base. It was only a few yards from the perimeter track that led to the aircraft dispersal area on the far side of the Airfield from the hangars and the control tower.'
'Initially I was only able to obtain a rental caravan that was just fifteen feet long! It was unheated and the blankets froze to the inner wall of the caravan at night, but to us it was HOME.'
Our second caravan'We only lived in that tiny caravan for about one month before we were able to obtain another caravan which was about twenty-five feet long above. Christine Kushner and her husband were more fortunate and managed to obtain a small row-house in the village of Edith Weston. How we envied them!'
Caravan Row'Virginia at our first small caravan on 'Caravan Row' on the Air Base at RCAF North Luffenham. The road leads right down to the village of Edith Weston coming out by what was the Station Cinema.'
In our Caravan homeJim and Christine (aged 5 weeks) in our caravan home in July '52.