Sir Billy Butlin is, without any doubts, one of the very best to walk mother Earth. His ability to create a business that made so many people smile is a gift to us all. There a lot of people that would love to say thank you to him for all he has done as his legacy continues today. Born in cape town in 1899, Billy Butlin and his brother Harry John (Binkie) was raised by their parents William Colborne Butlin and his mother, Bertha Cassandra Hill. The Butlin family was very supportive of each another and would work hard to put food on the table.
Unfortunately, bad news had arrived for Billy and Harry when their parent's marriage had failed. Bertha had returned back to England with her two sons and they in lived in Coaley. It was in 1907 that Sir Billy had to deal with a large change in his family as Harry passes away from polio. This devastating news had impacted the family greatly. Wanting a change, Bertha falls in love and remarries to help support her family better. Emigrating to Canada, Bertha moves to leave Billy in the care of his two aunties. This was not an easy decision however, Billy would have a better life in England whilst she settles down in Canada and tries to get things ready for Billy.
Moving to Canada, Sir Billy was not very happy and found it hard to settle in. Being a strong person, he never gave up and got a job working in Eaton, Toronto's largest department store. This was the turning point for Sir Billy as he would go to summer camp, helping him see what holidays were all about, a legend had started. Continuing to show strength, Sir Billy would join the army to help with the war.
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When the war was finished, Sir Billy moved back to England in a cattle ship with a vision and a goal to achieve. Extremely important time was recorded as Sir Billy would open a hoopla stall in Bridgewater. As a strong businessman, he would allow his customers to have a higher rate of winning a prize. Many of his fellow stallholders would often say "You will be out of business soon Bill, everyone keeps on winning and you will be out of pocket" However, Sir Billy explained that his stall had many more customers and from this, he earnt much more profit. Small profits now with long term achievements.
Sir Billy Butlin idea worked well as he made a success and expanded. History shows that Sir Billy would only go uphill from here as he opens up zoos and fairgrounds. From one stall in Bridgewater, we see the birth of a name that so many people know of today.
Becoming an amazing figure, we fast forward to the future to the year 1936 and the first Butlins Holiday Camp was opened in Skegness. This is an important time for Sir Billy Butlin as this was a make or break situation. The creation of the Redcoats was born and the memories had started...The legacy of Sir Billy Butlin. Opening ten camps and thirteen hotels (down to twelve in 1942), Sir Billy Butlin would support the war, give millions to charity and create so many new memories.