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Welcome to Dave Nicholas Memories

I am pleased to show you another member of Butlin's Memorabilia and Friends group as we read more about the experience of Dave's Butlins memories. Below you see a diary of an amazing member of staff that contributed towards the needs of the customers or as they would say, campers. Playing in a band and sometimes alone, Dave would share his talent to see so many people dance away in the clubs that are no more.

Dave is an honored member of this website and his memories below show you another view from a valued member of staff. I am thankful to Dave to allow me permission to share all his history and photos on this website. The photos showed are extremely good and could spark so many memories for so many people.


Dave's Diary at Butlin's

1961

I started at Skegness playing in the Empire on my Hammond organ in the venues and in the Empress Bar with Tommy Brown. Redcoats use to do the church service and Miss She Holiday Princes competitions, in the Empress Ballroom. I remember as an assistant, Talent John Rockett orchestra, warming up in the Gaiety theater in the same format. There were many times when I played to see the smiles from so many guests for the music I was playing.  

1962 

Another year has passed, and this time I had a Compton organ in the Empress Ballroom. There were two people who were very kind, Andy King and John Fullerton, who were stage managers at the Empir. Having seen the new organ, he would look after it to allow it to play well when I was working. 1962 had seen the same format as the Blackpool Metropole hotel had used for the semi-final of the Bert Hayes competition. Talent Johnny Ball on drums, John, Freddie Davies, and Ken Wood did three seasons with me. Frankie Day, Keith Ellams, and Kay Hamilton Hostess were at the Butlin's Blackpool hotel. 

1963 

I went to Filey and Clacton in 1963 for three years, where I did the world premiere of the march of the Mods. 

1964

I had also played on the International Rotary and for Joan Hinde a number of times. Working with Ken Hopson, Mike Onions, Alan Keogh, and Ken Frost, I would play for them for three years. Dave Butler went back to Blackpool in September 1966.

1967

I had made a choice to leave in September of 67,

1969, 1970 and 1971

I returned back to Filey in 1969 and working in the Butlins Blackpool hotels.

1972

It was in the winter, that I went to Skegness to make an LP called "Around the World" with the Redcoats on the sleeve,

1973

I was in Butlin's Ayr in 73.

Points of interest

" I was born opposite Plaza Birkenhead in 1935.  I played there in 1954 in Frankfurt. 1968 played the first 3 manual Conn did two duets with Reginald Dixon Played 30 years at the Liverpool it closed in March with the virus Last year on stage I was given a Certificate by Michael Eakin Chief Executive 30 years cinema organist and one from Liverpool Cathedral signed by Professor Ian Tracey Organist Titulaire and a pipe D3 French Horn was adopted in my name celebrating 30 years with the Philharmonic The Liverpool Philharmonic oldest Concert orchestra in the world 1840 plus the Walturdaw rising Screen it 1939 became the Royal Philharmonic in 1957 I am soloist for the films not with the orchestra"

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Dave next to the postcard that he is featured in

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Dave Butler Show Clacton.

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Alan Ridgeway entertainment's manager on right.  Jack Reed compere, Blackpool 1970

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Clacton 1965 

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Bob Lees Redcoat and Reverend Messenger 

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Ken Hopson with Dave, Entertainments manager in Clacton 1964

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Ken Wood on left next to Freddie Parrot face Davies, Butlin's Blackpool. 

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Blackpool 1972 

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Blackpool 1972 

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Metropole 1972

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Metropole 1972 

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 Dave with his good friend Len Belmont.. Vent and kiddies Uncle.

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Filey

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Filey

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An amazing photo shared by Dave showing the staff in Skegness, 1962 

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An amazing photo shared by Dave showing the staff in Filey 1970 

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An amazing photo shared by Dave showing the staff in Filey 1971 

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