BUTLINS FILEY 1947 1956

CAMPERS' CORNER - The HOLMES FAMILY

HOLMES  SWEET HOLMES
Hello! My name is Penny Holmes, and you may say that I was brought up at Butlins.
My mum and dad took us to Butlins almost every year between 1947 and 1957 inclusive -
after which I went back to Butlins, but under rather different circumstances. But more of that later.

Our Butlins holidays alternated between Filey and Skegness. Below are just the Filey Snaps.

FILEY 1947

BUTLINS FILEY 1947 to 1956

THREE HOLMES IN A FOUNTAIN
My Dad and Mum, with me trying to hide
in between them - as I was so camera shy.

FILEY 1947

BUTLINS FILEY 1947 to 1956

PENNY WISE
My camera shyness seems to be wearing off,
as I'm now posing on my own.
(And what a cute little girl I am - even if I say so myself.
)
FILEY 1947

BUTLINS FILEY 1947 to 1956

CHILDREN'S HOLME
Now I'm getting really brave, and have broken away from mum and dad completely
to go and play with all the other kids.
(That's the beauty of Butlins. It's such a safe environment that kids
weren't afraid to go off and play without their parents.)

FILEY 1947

FILEY 1949

HOLMES EXTENSION
In 1949 my little sister Lynne got her first taste of Butlins.
(I think she may have been the result of our 1947 holiday there!!)

FILEY 1949

Even though I love water, you can see from my face
I'm beginning to realise that the water is rather cold.
FILEY 1949

Little Lynne must be made of stronger
stuff than me, as she stayed in.

FILEY 1949

FILEY 1955

My little sister Lynne has shot up a bit, in those
six years since the 1949 Filey photos above,
and has progressed from paddling to skating.

FILEY 1955

I'm leaning forward to make
out I'm going fast,
but I'm standing still really.

FILEY 1955

The reason for the gap between 1949 and 1955 is because we started going to Butlins Skegness.
To see our Skegness snaps, go to the link at the foot of the page.

How clever of Billy Butlin to locate all the Camps next to the beach.
It really brought it home that you'd been on holiday.
(I love how, in those days, everyone wore their Sunday best to go to the beach.)

FILEY 1955

FILEY 1956

Thought I'd compare myself and Lynne in the 1949 photo, with this one in 1956.
(Must be something in the water that makes you grow.)
FILEY 1956

Donkeys aren't hard enough for the weather up in Filey.
They had to import Dartmoor ponies.
FILEY 1956

TWO LITTLE BLOSSOMS in a FLOWER GARDEN
Me, Penny, and sister Lynne
looking our very best for
our final stay at Butlins Filey.

(We're smiling now, but there were
lots of tears when we had to go home.)

FILEY 1956

See also:

Holmes Family - SKEGNESS 1950 to 1957

I hope you enjoyed sharing the Holmes Family snaps, from our many fabulous holidays at Butlins. But there are a few chapters to the story of my Butlins' days that I haven't yet told.
To discover how I lived my dream, go to the links below:

Penny Holmes
(March 2012)

WHAT PENNY DID NEXT

BUTLINS MINEHEAD 1962 - Penny Holmes

BUTLINS FILEY 1963, 1964 and 1965 - Penny Holmes

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