Butlins celebrates its 75th birthday with request for cinefilm footage of Skegness and Ingoldmells

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TO CELEBRATE the 75th anniversary of the Butlins resort in Ingoldmells, holiday makers of yesteryear are being asked to come forward with home movies.

Butlins is appealing to the nation to find home movies of its opening day on April 11 1936 to become the centrepiece of its 75th birthday celebrations.

As part of the fun, Butlins has teamed up with the National Film Archive to preserve classic footage from its early years.

Some of the best movie moments will be used in a TV documentary which is due to be made this summer.

The movie will include some of the most iconic activities through the decades at Butlins such as glamourous tea dances, beauty pageants, and pool parties of the 50s.

Cine-film from the very early days is sparse and missing from the archive of historic moments at Butlins.

Anyone with moments from the 40s and 50s are also welcome to come forward to share their fun times.

Richard Bates spokesperson for Butlins said: “We’re convinced that hiding in peoples’ attics are some lost movie gems that could reveal many of the secrets of Butlins huge success over the past 75 years. Millions of hours of home movies have been shot at the resorts over the years and we are hoping to find as many of these priceless memories as possible. The British Film Institute and the National Film Archive have been wonderfully supportive in our search so far, but now we are turning to the general public for their help.”

Over the years, Butlins has enjoyed two Royal visits, owned two resident elephants Charlie and Gertrude, and even played a vital role in World War Two when it opened its doors to become home to thousands of servicemen.

l Anyone with Butlins cine-film or video footage is asked to email butlinsfilm@launchgroup.co.uk or call 020 7758 3900 for more details.

l Butlins has three beachside resorts, Bognor Regis (West Sussex), Minehead (Somerset) and Skegness, where it welcomes around 1.5m guests per year.