Butlin's Memorabilia Website Celebrating Butlins History

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The Butlin's Redcoats

The Butlin's Redcoats

The idea of the Redcoats dates back to the first-holiday camp in Skegness, in 1936. When the gates opened for the first time showing the Butlins logo, Billy Butlin would see that his campers did not do much and looked bored. This was not a part of his vision or plan and knew that something had to be done to spark the Butlin's magic. 

Billy Butlin knew that something had to be done and quickly as he asked Norman Bradford, an engineer on the camp, to hop on the stage and to tell some jokes and entertain. It was at this very moment that the Butlin's magic was born as the campers loved the night. However, the Redcoats were not yet born, the idea was but not the name. 

Billy had asked Norman to go and find a uniform to buy from the town that could represent this new area of his camp. Norman would come back with a jacket with the colours of the camp, which were blue, yellow and white. Trying them on, Billy would look and try to see if it represented his vision. There was something wrong with the choices as Billy would think they looked authoritarian. 

Giving Norman Bradford a red blazer with white lapels, he would look to see if it was giving him the Butin's magic feeling. It was from this moment that the Butlin's Redcoats were born and a legacy had started with the first person to put the great red jacket on to be Norman Bradford. As the team was to be extended, Billy Butlin would ask Billie Ditchfield to make more of them to represent his camp. Billie Ditchfield and Kay Berry also became the first two female Redcoats. 

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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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This website is made and maintained by me, Mark Banks, as a fan site to celebrate the amazing Butlins name as it has such a large meaning to me.  Below is additional information about the website and answers to questions that you might be thinking of (hopefully I have covered them all, if not, get in touch)

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The Untold Stories of Butlin's

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. 

If you are not official, who is Mark?

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 Butlins.com 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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