EDITOR - I was reading the Skegness Standard last week when I turned the page and came upon the picture of an elderly mum and her son.
The title to the caption being ‘disabled group turned away from Butlins’.
What is happening to the friendly home-from-home comfort of a holiday with a place that has been close to the hearts of many people for many, many years?
I recently wrote a letter to Butlins about the non-treatment of disabled and aged. My husband and I have been going every year for the past 25 years, and have taken the grandchildren - one from the age of six to the age of 16.
It was a holiday to look forward to, sometimes twice a year, and involved some Christmases and New Years. Bering premier members we have seen plenty of changes.
Some are good, for the young families, but do we pensioners and disabled exist, or are we just spare parts round the village? We have not booked this year for the simple reason that I am a pensioner and my husband a disabled person and we cannot get abut as quickly as we used to do.
Last year in the dining room it was chaos, with children and students, which we aren’t against. But when you have a stick to help you walk and a tray in the other hand with food looking for a table to sit down and all you have is children running round you and knocking your arm, you are a little afraid of losing your tray.
It is not an ideal situation to be in.
So we wrote suggesting, as they like new ideas, that there could be a separate dining area for the disabled and aged to choose if they want to us it.
This would be a child-free zone and I think a lot safer for the pensioners with needs etc.
I did have a reply, but just to say the idea, plus a few others we suggested, was to be put forward to the board meeting.
So, back to the group first mentioned. Why would Butlins turn this group of disabled people away from a place that they had been going to for 19 years? They have been looking forward to their week’s holiday for a year and a place that made them happy.
They shouldn’t be compared to rugby and football players, hen and stag parties or even students. How many do they have in the group? The students when we arrived last year, or most years, were more than 36 in each group. So what is Butlin’s problem?
It’s a family place, yes, but why shouldn’t the disabled and aged feel as though they are welcome too and belong, instead of refusing a group of a mere 36 people?
If two coaches each with 20 people in them came from different places they wouldn’t turn them away. So what’s the difference? Just because they belong to the same group? Let them have their week’s holiday together, not separate weeks.
Shame on Butlins for wanting to split them up. Billy Butlin would be turning in his grave at this poor reception of disabled people.
I’m just stating a reader’s view of the subject, because others should write too.
It’s just wrong what they have done.
MRS P. A. MILWARD