Actor Warwick Davis will be flying the flag when he films the latest series of his TV travel show, thanks to a trailer firm near Corby.
Warwick, who plays Professor Flitwick in the Harry Potter films and also appeared in the Star Wars and Indiana Jones movies, is driving around the UK with his wife and their two children in a camper van, plus a new trailer emblazoned with the Union Jack flag.
It has been made for the actor by Ifor Williams Trailers at its North Wales base, and will be used to transport the family’s luggage during their journey from the Isle of Wight to Inverness to record their Weekend Escapes show for ITV, calling in at some of Britain’s most-loved holiday spots.
Warwick collected his new trailer from distributors Barnwell Trailers near his home in Yaxley, along with his wife Samantha and their children Annabelle and Harrison, aged 17 and 11.
Simon Berridge, managing director of Barnwell Trailers who has run the company in the village near Corby for 25 years, said he was delighted when he first heard about the order to wrap the BV64 trailer in vinyl graphics.
He said: “We sell a lot of horse boxes and we get requests for the trailers to be kitted out in different ways, especially for small companies such as dog groomers and taxi firms.
“I’ve never had a request for one painted with a Union flag before, though now the company offers this service for wrapping trailers in vinyl graphics, I’m sure we will get other orders.
“Warwick has been a lovely customer to deal with. I’m now looking forward to seeing the trailer on his TV show and also spotting it on the roads around here.”
Warwick, 44, said: “We are away for several weeks and live in our VW camper van, but there’s simply not enough room for all of us plus our luggage and our dog Sherlock,
“In the show we try out all sorts of different activities including some pretty extreme sports and so we do need quite a few changes of clothes.
“I wanted something eye catching and so decided it ought to be painted with a Union Jack, as we are celebrating a very British way of life in the show, with all the best loved holiday spots.
“People already recognise the camper van, from the first series, and once this second one is transmitted, they will certainly be doing a double-take when they spot us on the road.
“It helped that I was able to see the different trailers on show at Barnwell and make up my mind which one suited me best.”