New book on Butlin’s

Butlin’s in all its glory has been captured in photographs in a new book.

The past of the holiday company has been brought to life by Derek Tait in An Illustrated History of Butlin’s. (£14.99, Amberley Press)

The keen local historian has gathered together nearly 200 pictures of happy campers and workers at the Butlin’s sites.

Bognor Regis is well represented and all the seven other camps from the company’s peak of popularity are covered.

Derek, who lives in Plymouth, said: “We visited Butlin’s at Clacton when it was at its height in 1970 before the introduction of cheap package holidays abroad.

“For a nine-year-old boy, Butlin’s seemed to have everything I could want, including entertainment, competitions, dodgem cars and arcades.

“Holidays have changed a great deal since those days but many remember the barrack-type chalets and the endless on-site entertainment with great fondness.”

His book features the glory days 
of variety shows at the camps as 
well as the enduring popularity of the Redcoats.