Billy Butlin(1899-1980), Founder of Butlin holiday camps
Sir William ('Billy') Butlin
Sitter in 13 portraits
Entrepreneur and philanthropist. Butlin was brought up in Canada and served with the Canadian Army in the First World War. He settled in England in 1921, working as a travelling showman in fairgrounds. In 1936 he opened the first Butlin Holiday Camp, outside Skegness, but it was not until after the Second World War that his business boomed; by the 1960s his camps were catering for up to a million people a year.
by William Roberts, for Bahama News Bureau
vintage press print, 1958