Sir Billy the holiday king dies
SIR William Butlin died last weekend aged 80. As a young man, Billy Butlin set up a hoopla stall in Skegness and later established an amusement park on North Parade.
This was transferred to the site now occupied by Bottons, which he gave up after a disagreement with the urban council in the 1960s.
It was at Ingoldmells, just outside the Skegness boundary, that he built his first holiday camp, which served as the prototype for eight others throughout the country. Then it housed 1,000 people. Now it can take 12,000 in its chalets and self – catering flats.
Billy Butlin was knighted in 1964 and four years later retired to Jersey, handing his empire over to his son, Robert.
Sir William’s last visit to Skegness was in its centenary year, 1977, when he switched on the illuminations and opened the Rotary Club’s Jubilee House, a holiday home for needy families in Lumley Avenue.
Source: Skegness Standard 20th June 1980