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In pictures: Fun for all the family at Butlin's

A man falls in the swimming pool Image copyright Barry Lewis

With the nation currently in lockdown, many people are looking back at pictures of past holidays both in the UK and abroad. A new book by photographer Barry Lewis captures the atmosphere at Butlin's Skegness in 1982.

It wasn't Lewis's first time at the holiday camp - he had worked there after leaving school, in the 1960s.

Sunbathing Image copyright Barry Lewis

Billy Butlin created his holiday attraction in the 1930s, when British workers were granted paid holidays for the first time and families were drawn by the promise of individual chalets, a theatre and a swimming pool.

But by the 1980s, Butlin's was facing ever growing competition from cheap foreign holidays.

And 1982, when these pictures were taken, was particularly rainy, perhaps pushing more to head to warmer climes the following year.

"My photographs from over 35 years ago seem to be looking even further back, to a vanished age - the hair and clothing styles, the attitudes, the activities, the War-time buildings - with a certain innocence, in a world before mobile phones and the internet, where a holiday was annual and special, making everyone determined to enjoy themselves to the full, whatever the weather," Lewis says.

Arriving at the camp Image copyright Barry Lewis
Spiderman approaches Butlin's staff Image copyright Barry Lewis
Children on space hoppers Image copyright Barry Lewis
Redcoats outside their chalet Image copyright Barry Lewis
Presentational white space
In the swimming pool Image copyright Barry Lewis
Red coats and the evening entertainment Image copyright Barry Lewis
Evening entertainment Image copyright Barry Lewis
Musician Image copyright Barry Lewis

Butlin's Holiday Camp 1982, by Barry Lewis, is published by Hoxton Mini Press.

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