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Opening in 1933, a new amusement park opened as a Butlin's and the magical atmosphere started. Built under the supervision of Billy Butlin, this park was representing the name Butlin's before the opening of the holiday camps. The idea was simple, to make it fun and exciting for all visitors.
As the park continued to grow in size, it would see an introduction of the Butlin's zoo, which was a feature Billy Butlin added to all his amusement park locations. The idea to keep ahead of the demands was very strong with Billy as he introduces the rowing boats that gave him the chance to tour around the park.
Billy Butlin had many connections that link areas of interest to the Butlin story. Felixstowe Park is one of the moments that add to this story as a lady named Heather worked at this very park for Billy Butlin. Heather is a very important person as she is the wife of Charlie Manning Senior, a person who took over the lease after the war in 1946 and made the park successful.
The site continued in 1946 when it was under the new ownership of the Manning family. Their website (click on their logo to visit them) has the following words
"Now in its third generation, the Manning family continue to own and run the site, hands-on, every day. And continue to play a part in the history of this quaint yet blossoming seaside town."
*the logo is copyright to the Mannings Amusements - it can be removed at any time. Butlin's Memorabilia or Mark do not own this logo.
Taken by a gentleman named Chris Boss, you can see the iconic Redcoats standing here at the building at Felixstowe in 2018. To think that after all these years, they remain standing guard and still telling a story of a legacy.
*These photos belong to Chris and can be removed at any time. You can see more by clicking on these words
Sir Billy Butlin is remembered
It was great to see that Sir William Butlin was remembered in this location and to also acknowledge Butlin's in Felixstowe.
This photo was taken from Google Maps with the date June 2022. As I look at this important location, I could not help but notice an important feature. This feature is the iconic Butlins fountain, showing Billy Butlin connection to this site. It's a fine touch and has a large meaning to the Butlin story.
Photo from Chris
Uploader: British Pathe
A number of small two man boats are on a small covered pool. A crowd is watching from the side. The boats are connected to wires in the roof like dodgem cars. A man standing in the water throws a ball into the pool and the boats move in to chase it. The players try to push the ball into goals at either end of the pool. Lots of splashing ensues.
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