1959 to 1962
Carol Turner (nee Lupton) 14th January 1942 - 2nd March 2012
It is usually the Redcoats themeselves who send in photos of their former days at Butlins. In this instance, however, it was Carol's brother John who submitted them as, sadly, Carol passed away recently. John gave us the following account of Carol's association with Butlins, for which we are most grateful and moved:
Around 1959 or 1960, after a background in dancing, Carol became a Butlins' Redcoat, working mainly at the Ocean Hotel, in Brighton. Here she became friends with the singing group 'The Springfields,' who were a regular act there.
Carol met other famous names who started as Redcoats, such as Freddie 'Parrot Face' Davies, and Irish comedian Dave O'Mahoney (The latter later changed his name to Dave Allen). She also knew Jimmy Tarbuck very well, and the two of them would trade stories about the people they knew in Liverpool.
In later life, Carol and her husband would often return to the Ocean Hotel, as guests, where they would occasionally bump into friends she had first met as Redcoats, and even some former guests she had got to know during her time there.
She passed away at Abbey Chase nursing home in Chertsey, on 2nd March 2012.
Carol will always be remembered with fond and loving memories as a person who would make friends with everyone she came into contact with, and to whom she was always generous, thoughtful, and giving.
John Lupton (brother)
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