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Harry John Butlin - in memory

Binkie the Bear - Its meaning

Sir William (Billy) Butlin had a younger brother, named Harry John Butlin. He was born in 1904 in Africa Cape Town. Harry John Butlin story is not very well known as he passed away at a young age from Polio. As with William having the nickname of Billy, Harry John Butlin was known as Binkie. Today, this name is celebrated in Butlins alongside his brother as Binkie the Bear. 

Whenever I ask in the Butlin's store about this important bear and its relation to the history, I would say 90% of them would not know the history behind the name. The bear is very collectable and many people can't wait for the new version to arrive a year later. Butlin's also has the option to customise your Binkie Bear and make it more for you. 

Some basic history, Harry and William would move back to the United Kingdom with their mother, Bertha, when the marriage to their father had not gone well. As they travelled the family showman, known as the Hill Family, Harry would sadly get ill. In 1907, the sad news arrived that Harry had passed away from Polio.

With help from Sammie, I designed this page to celebrate the life of Harry John Butlin and the meaning this amazing bear has to the Butlin's name. 

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Featured still in his box, we see Binkie the Bear proudly showing off the Butlins logo with the years of being open to entertain us all. Binkie is proud to be sitting here wearing his red jumper and to show the legacy of Butlins to all.


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Who and What is Butlin's Memorabilia Website

Mark Banks owns and created this website to show his collection of Butlin's memorabilia items. It was created during my spare time at work and is a hobby of mine and has since grown into a site that offers a chance for others to smile. This website is NOT the official website for Butlin's and is NOT the official archive of Butlin's at any stage. The website has expanded to show stories, with permission from that person, of a moment in Butlin's from people who are either a customer or former staff. This website is in loving memory of all that had come to this amazing company and to Sir William Butlin, the founder.  This website also has information about research regarding Butlin's history with information obtained from the research I made, which is not official. 

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The website has expanded to now include an area called "Untold Stories of Butlin's". These stories have been added to the site by a member of my group who has shared their moment at Butlin's. These stories are not from the official company and are from the person it represent, as shown on the page. The stories shared are from that person's memory and show the magic of Butlin's on how it creates that special moment. 

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Butlin's Memorabilia is NOT the official website for Butlins. This site is also NOT the official website for the archive of Butlin's. The owners of Butlin's, Butlin's company, and have NOT approached me to design this site. They have no involvement with the development of the website or with the information that is shown. I am extremely thankful that they allow me to continue showing you their company's rich history. 

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