Millions of Britons know Billy Butlin as the man who
revolutionised their holiday habits. What very few of them know is the story of his life
before the opening of his first holiday camp at Skegness in 1936.
This fascinating book tells the rags-to-riches tale of the real Billy
Butlin, from his childhood in South Africa, his travels with West Country fairs in England
and emigration to Canada, through his wartime experiences and on to his extraordinary
business career. But Billy Butlin was more than a showman with flair, or a businessman
with the common touch. He was also a great philanthropist, happiest benefiting children;
and a shy man, unwilling to boast of his achievements.
Written in collaboration with Peter Dacre, and with a
Foreword by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and a moving Preface by Lady Butlin, this rounded
portrait of Britain's Holiday Camp King is a fitting tribute to a remarkable and