Kapitein Zeppos and the Hertboom Mill. (1960 and 2013)
Last sunday we went for a walk to Roosdaal, a village in Pajottenland… a place with a history for us. Captain Zeppos is a Belgian children’s television series from the 1960s. Most of the locations filming was done in Roosdaal in Flemish Brabant. The theme tune for the series was ‘Living it Up’ recorded bij Bert Kaempfert and his orchestra. In the beginning of this film you can see a mill, the Hertboom Mill. Fifty-three years later we visited this mill and I took a photo.
It is testament to the lasting influence of Captain Zeppos and to the strength of public affection for its stories, characters and stars, that over forty years after the first serial was made and transmitted, the series is still very much alive in the 21st Century. One of the many signs of the good health of Captain Zeppos was the opening to the public, in November 2007, of a museum that is partly dedicated to the Captain The venue for the museum is more than appropriate for the series, as it is located within the building that has become one of the icons of Captain Zeppos – the distinctive and beautiful Hertboom Mill in Pajottenland – with the sheds on the mill premises housing both the museum and the Brasserie Zeppos.