Feature News — 22 February 2019

On Monday, guests at The Erwin Hymer Centre Travelworld launch were treated to a star line up in the form of TV favourites, Julia Bradbury and Jilly Goolden, in celebration of its new site opening. 

From left Andreas Ortlieb (Hymer), Andrea Kibler (Hymer), mayor lady, Ross, Julia, Gilly, Mayor, Saskia Kohn (Dethleffs) , Alexander Leopold (Dethleffs), Michael Bosch (Hymer)

After an address from managing director, Ross Edwards, Julia, who launched her new ITV series, ‘Australia with Julia Bradbury’ last week, spoke to the 400+ guests who attended about her love of the countryside and how motorhome ownership is one of the great ways of connecting with all the outdoors have to offer.

She said: “It was wonderful to see so many guests at the event yesterday, so many like-minded people, enthusiastic about their motorhomes and the outdoors. Stafford is a great location for the new Centre and there is a real buzz from the Travelworld team about their new venture.”

Jilly Goolden, wine critic and former co-presenter of the 1980s Food and Drink programme entertained guests with two wine tasting sessions, providing tips on how to sniff and slurp wine correctly and experience its full flavour. Her sessions included recommendations on where to take your motorhome to experience some of the best wine tasting in Europe.

She said: “”I totally ‘get’ the romance of motorhomes. Being part of the opening of the new site near Stafford meant I could combine the romance of discovering wines… with the notion of discovering new places, free as a bird. I’m inspired to explore the combination out on the open road.”

Following the entertainment, a formal ribbon cutting took place outside the showrooms with the Mayor and Mayoress of Stafford Borough, Councillors, Ray and Jenny Barron. The Mayor said: “We were pleased to be invited to the grand opening of the new Erwin Hymer Travelworld event.   It is most encouraging to see another new business relocating to the Stafford area.  This is great news for Stafford Borough and also for the many new local jobs that will be created.  I hope their new business venture will be a tremendous success.”

MP for Stafford constituency, Jeremy Lefroy and Staffordshire County Council’s economic growth chief councilor Mark Winnington came along to the launch to show their support for the new site.

The launch event will continue throughout the week with UK national mountain bike champion, Scott Beaumont appearing at the showrooms on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd to talk to guests about his adventures with his bike and his Dethleffs motorhome.

Ross Edwards said: “Yesterday was the perfect start to our event, having Julia and Jilly come along was hugely popular and we aim to continue to deliver to all of our new and existing customers as we start our exciting new phase in Stafford.”

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