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1971 Mini Glen
1956 MK VII Almond
Owned By Mick Rayner
Lincoln, England, UK
Caravan History
Previously Owned By Jim Frew
Strathaven, Scotland, UK

Jim Frew has two Thomson caravans; one is a 1969 Thomson T-Line Glen 2, the other a four berth, that Jim adapted to six, 1956 Mk VII Almond. They have both sadly fallen into disrepair but could both be could be overhauled. Jim purchased 1956 Mk VII Almond, second hand in 1961. Jim and his family spent every holiday weekend and summer holiday (2 adults 4 children) touring around Scotland until 1980. One year venturing to France but straight back to Scotland the next year! Rhona his daughter told me that sadly in 1981 my grandpa passed away so my parents were given the small 1969 Thomson T-Line Glen 2, which had been my grandparents. As us children had all grown up, they used the wee two berth one. My mum loved comments from people in caravan sites, "Wouldn't want to fall out with your husband, staying in that caravan!"
Amongst other cars he towed the caravans with a Humber Super Snipe, a Ford Granada and Volvo estates all with a sailing boat on top for our summer holidays! 
The photo of Jim in the wheelchair is of him supervising us clearing them out. He doesn't trust that we wouldn’t throw out some of the things that he kept 'that might come in handy one day' even though he is not fit, sadly, to do anything with them now.
Rhona goes on to say most of her childhood memories revolve round holidays spent in the Almond! Very happy memories indeed!
Every year we met my dad’s best friend from school and his family in their caravan for our summer holidays. In fact this year our holiday is with one of their children that I have stayed friends with (mainly because we were born within days of each other). We have progressed to staying in static caravans but still at the same place that we spent most of our summer holidays. I'll tell my dad exactly which model the almond is; it might trigger some more memories and info. Thanks to Mick Rayner’s research, on finding this for us.
Unfortunately my dad’s health is failing he had started to try to repair the old one but is not fit to complete it now. Jim, as indeed the whole family would be so excited if someone did want to restore these great Thomson caravans to their former glory.
Finding photos are proving difficult because dad took slides or used a cine camera. I'll keep looking though as I'd love to see them as well! 
Thanks again for all your help and interest in our old Thomson’s!

1971 Mini Glen

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