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As the website started to grow, the more I wanted to know more about the legacy of a great man. From travelling with his family in the Hill Showman, Billy would go from strength to strength. What made this subject an obsession was the fact that a young Billy Butlin had hopped onto a cattle ship and made his way back to England from Canada.
He knew what he wanted and how he was going to get it with so much ambition, success was always going to be the achievement he would reach. I wonder to myself many times what that young Billy Butlin would have thought he knew of his legacy and future. Today, we celebrate his success and the many creations he added for us all to enjoy, even now in today's world.
The design of the Butlin timeline was much harder than I originally thought as there was much to add. As the timeline grew, I found that the website page was starting to impact devices' loading time. To keep the experience of this page up to a high standard, I thought it would be best to place the timeline into ten-year slots would be better. Of course, I never know when to stop so I added links to further research and videos (where available) to show you even more. Now the timeline is better than the first one.
Simply click on the year you wish to view first and you will see the historic information will load on the page. There will be shortcuts within the pages to help you navigate to the next ten years.
The opening of Bognor Regis camp is featured in this part of the timeline. This is also the moment when Billy's son, William Butlin (Junior) was born. Butlin's also opens in Minehead as Billy Butlin becomes Sir William (Billy) Butlin. This is also the moment that the icon of Butins, the monorail train is born and when Sir Billy Butlin retires.
It's a very sad day in Butlin's as the founder passes away. These years continue to show sad news as the Mosney camp in Ireland is closed with the tower restaurant in London. The first Redcoat, Norman Bradford also passes away during these years. The further disappointing news is the closure of Filey, Clacton, and Barry Island with Robert Butlin stepping down as executive.
The creation of the Butlin's Holiday Worlds era. The camps were all renamed to holiday worlds with Pwllheli and AYR being named twice in the timeline. These years also feature the diamond jubilee and also another introduction to Butlin's Family Entertainment Resorts era. These years are the last time that Butlin's is known as holiday camp. These are also the years when the hotel division is sold and Pwllheli and AYR are transferred to Haven (a sister company)
With Pwllheli and AYR now transferred to Haven (the sister company at the time), Butlin's is sold to Bourne Leisure limited as they become the new owners of an amazing company. Bourne also reintroduces the hotel's division in Bognor Regis. The sad news is that Robert Butlin passes away in these years.
This group is a part of this website and has the Facebook Private Group setting.
This group is a part of this website and has the Facebook Public group settings