The Eccles brand is 100 years old next year. The Riley family, who pioneered the idea of caravans that you could tow behind an automobile, created its first Eccles caravan in 1919.

By the 1930s, Eccles was the biggest-selling range in Britain, and exported all over the world, partly thanks to celebrity endorsement by ‘our’ Gracie Fields. The Rochdale lass no doubt saw its attractiveness, even if it was named after a different part of Lancashire!

The Swift Group, which has owned the brand since the 1990s, is honouring the centenary this year by redesigning the range as an anniversary edition. 

The company has also added three new layouts. Two are twin-axles, but at the other end, the 480 is part of the trend to offer two berths with slightly more room to move about in, and in this case, an end washroom.