BUTLINS BLACKPOOL METROPOLE 1974

VAL SAVAGE

BUTLINS BLACKPOOL METROPOLE

BUTLINS METROPOLE HOTEL
BLACKPOOL 1974

I was a secretary working in a London office when I first went to Butlins Barry Island for the whole season of 1973.

After a brief shaky start, when I thought I might regret it, I soon made some great friends and knew it was for me. Half-way through the season I met Mike ,when he arrived to work his college summer break. The following Easter I worked at Bognor Regis, and then the "Horse of the Year Show" at Wembley, representing Butlins. I also appeared on stage at the London Palladium for various presentations.
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BUTLINS BLACKPOOL METROPOLE HOTEL 1974

BUTLINS METROPOLE HOTEL BLACKPOOL

BUTLINS METROPOLE HOTEL, BLACKPOOL
Here is the full team of Redcoats just before I left:
Behind the wall:
Ricky Gibson (Ents. Man.) and Bill  Hall (his Asst.)
L to R:
Nick, Alan J Marriot, Val, Mary, Sean.
(Photo taken July 1974 by the resident photographer, Joe Taylor.)

BUTLINS METROPOLE HOTEL, BLACKPOOL
The red arrow points to the section of wall where the
above photo, and the one on the left were taken.


(Postcard view circa 1964)

Mike and I stayed together (and still are), but we decided to try different camps the following summer, 1974. I went back to Barry but got disillusioned and transferred half-way through the season, to the Metropole Hotel in Blackpool.

BUTLINS BLACKPOOL METROPOLE HOTEL 1974

BUTLINS METROPOLE HOTEL, BLACKPOOL
Sean, Val, Ricky, Mary, Bill Alan, Nick

Here we've moved from the front of the hotel, to the back,
alongside of the Variety Bar.

Before the end of the season, I left and went down to Devon to join Mike. That Christmas we worked together at Barry. When Mike went to Skegness in 75, I went back to Barry Island.

I have very fond memories of those times.

Val Martin (nee Savage)

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See also:

MIKE and VAL MARTIN

BUTLINS BLACKPOOL 1974 - Alan J. Marriot

BUTLINS BLACKPOOL 1974 - Lyn Metcalfe

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