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Wafted In From Paradise ? Nah Mate, Luton Airport
Luton Airport has definitely put the Bedfordshire town on the map, but there’s more to Luton than just a landing strip. The town was put firmly on the map in the 70’s and has gone from strength to strength since as this handy article highlights.
Back then, a glamorous Lorraine was advertising the drink Campari when a male admirer asked her: “Where you truly wafted here from Paradise?” she replied in a broad cockney accent: “Nah, Luton Airport!”
The advert was such a hit it inspired two pop songs and numerous spoofs all based on Luton being a small and obscure airport. It launched Lorraine Chase’s career and she soon became a celebrity working in the theatre and doing the rounds of the television games shows. In fact, she’s never looked back and has never really shaken off that cockney image.
Today London Luton Airport is a thriving hub flying 10 million passengers to no fewer than 90 destinations world-wide.
The airport’s biggest carrier, EasyJet, is the UK’s largest airline. Proving they can enjoy a joke, EasyJet even commissioned Lorraine Chase to launch their Love Luton campaign. The initiative, which included emblazoning Love Luton on an aircraft, was part of the town’s bid to win city status. Lorraine, who also checked in the airline’s first passenger at Luton in 1995, christened the rebranded plane.
If you are flying from this airport for business or pleasure, finding an hotel in Luton for the night before is a must. Why add stress to your journey by risking a late arrival? In these days of budget airlines with their swift check-ins and streamlined procedures there is no margin for error and passengers have to arrive on time or risk missing their flight.
There is a great choice of accommodation in the area and, thanks to the internet, finding hotels in Luton couldn’t be easier.
Luton itself is worth a visit too. The town has excellent shopping facilities and a vibrant night life for all ages. The annual carnival is one of Europe’s biggest and a truly stunning international event. Normally held in May, it attracts tens of thousands of people from all walks of life. The costumes take months to make and are the result of a huge community effort. If you have never seen an international carnival put the date in your diary now and you’re in for a treat. For 2012 this multicultural carnival is being moved to July to coincide with celebrations to mark the arrival in the town of the Olympic Torch relay.
The Carnival will also be part of the weekend-long Love Luton event which will include concerts by a variety of artists. There will also be dance, schools shows and cultural events across the town. The headline acts will be Olly Murs and The Wanted. If that’s not to your taste there will be plenty of other entertainment between July 6 and 9.
It all sounds like an exciting weekend in Luton, Lorraine Chase would approve!
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