History of Butlin’s camp at Skegness U3A talk

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MEMBERS of Skegness U3A were taken on a facinating trip down memory lane last week.

At their meeting last Wednesday Chris Baron gave a fascinating Skegness U3A members were given a fascinating talk on the history of Butlin’s.

He told the group that this year marked the camp’s 75th anniversary and then went on to talk about Billy Butlin, a member of a Showmans family, who started his business enterprise with a hoop la stall on Skegness sea front.

This was later to lead to the opening of the Butlin’s fun fair and it was Billy Butlin who brought the dodgems to this country.

Mr Baron spoke about the opening of the Skegness camp in 1936 and how in 1939 it was taken over as the Royal Arthur Naval training centre.

After the war the camp reverted back to a holiday centre, which today attracts visitors in their thousands.

Marigold Chisnell gave the vote of thanks.

During the business session the Chairman Amy Eaton thanked all who had supported the recent coffee morning, which had raised approximately £350 for the Skegness Day Centre.

At the meeting on Wednesday, August 17 the subject will be flood risks and the speaker is Gemma Mitchell.

The monthly meetings are held at the Crown Hotel on Drummond Road, Skegness on the third Wednesday of the month at 10am.

A variety of events take place during the month ranging from classes, crafts, walks, lunches, theatre visits and outings.

For more information call 01754 610 868 or visit www.u3askegness.info.