Couple hope quirky camper van will kick-start new Northumberland wedding business

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Couples planning to tie the knot now have the chance to make a camper van part of their special day.

The head-turning 1973 VW BayWindow camper van, nicknamed Wendy, is the first purchase made by Longhoughton-based Northumbria Wedding Cars.

“Camper vans are becoming increasingly popular as wedding cars,” said Katie Shingler, who is running the new business with her husband, Luke.

“They’re a bit quirky and a bit different but lots of fun.

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A VW camper van is the pride and joy of Northumbria Wedding Cars.A VW camper van is the pride and joy of Northumbria Wedding Cars.
A VW camper van is the pride and joy of Northumbria Wedding Cars.

“We’ve already had some really positive feedback and a few bookings so we hope it will do well.”

Of course, the wedding industry is very much on hold at the moment due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We were fortunate to pick up a couple of bookings when we bought the car from someone in Durham,” said Katie.

“Obviously people are not able to go ahead with their weddings as they had planned but they still want to get married so a lot of them are transferring their bookings to next year.

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“Due to being a new start-up we have availability late 2020 and most of 2021.

“Fortunately we’re in a position where we’re not necessarily relying on money coming in straight away.

“Hopefully if the VW camper van proves a hit, it will be the first of many wedding cars in the fleet.”

Wendy is able to carry seven passengers, with six seats in the back and one next to the driver.

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