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Annette Banks Special Gifts to Mark

My mother is extremely talented and has done so many projects that I have lost count. Having made a reproduction of the Bayeux Tapestry (click on these words to see the video of this project that I made for YouTube), my mum would do little side projects such as painting or embroidery. The work is truly amazing to see and I am very lucky to be able to see these whenever I wish, however, the one area that always pulls my heartstrings is when one of the projects is for me. I can not explain this in words the meaning however, I can show you all on this special page. From looking at shops for memorabilia items to making embroidery projects that are one of a kind, I have to say that I am one very lucky person to have a talented mum.

On a funny note, my mum made some of these for me to use, such as bed covers. Nope, they get stored away to keep them as clear and away from issues, like my collection as each item below has a strong meaning to me. Truly blessed to own these amazing items, please enjoy.

*small note: These were made for me as fan art and are NOT official items. These are gifts to me and not for sale.


Octopus of the dining room

Going to Butlins Minehead several times a year, my mother had noticed the Octopus in the dining room as a decoration. Having taken a photo, my mum would make it into embroidery for me.

embroidery with painted background

William Butlin

Another embroidery made for me featuring my hero with a painted background and my favourite Butlin's logo.


Sir William (Billy) Butlin

This painting sits on my wall in the bedroom as Sir William smiles on looking at my collection. 

embroidery with painting

Advert of Butlin's

Embroidered and painted showing a very well known advert. 

Quilt Cover with Pillow Cases

As a surprise for me for Christmas 2022, my mother had done, as mum would put it, a small project in converting this beauty into a Butlins collector's dream. When I opened it, I have to say that my heart strings were pulled a great deal and I was so very pleased with the gift. However, I have to tell my mum that there is zero chance it will be used as it's too important to me but it will be in my collection, safe Truly a wonderful and amazing gift...thank you so very much.

Quilt Cover

A huge surprise when I opened this beautiful stunning duvet cover. My mother had told me that I could use it on my bed when I get home...nope, that beauty is staying safe and in my collection. Featuring many icons of Butlin's, this item is so very important to me and I love it a great deal. Mum, I can not express the words to say thank you, it's just amazing to own and cherish. 

This part of the cover is showing the iconic cable car, the Monorail train, several badges and Iris in the most famous advert in Butlin's history

Featuring Billy, Bonnie, the founder Sir William Butlin, badges, the Redcoat uniform, the Monorail Train, several badges and of course, the dodgems ride.

Featuring the giant of Butlins, more badges and club names.

Featuring the gems of Butlins, also known as the chalets.

Showing the second chapel of Butlin's Minehead, the second location for the church, which remains to this date. Also featuring a couple of books and the Beachcomber plate.

The famous Wizzy World club and Butlin's Redcoats, one still survive in Butlin's Minehead. 

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