I applied to be a Redcoat in my final year at school, and consider that I was lucky to be accepted as, apart from my swimming, I had no other talents to offer. Minehead was where I was sent. You can see my Minehead photos here:
The following year I asked if I could transfer to Filey, as it wasn't so far to travel, and that was accepted. Consequently I did three seasons at Filey - 1963, 64, and 64 - which is where these photos date from:
Penny's recent comments on her four seasons as a Butlins Redcoat were:
I loved it of course, as we all did. I was a rather shy girl, lacking in confidence but wearing that red jacket made me into a different person (who reverted back when I was back in civvies). I've found my inner-Redcoat again over the last few years, running our local Parkinson's support group and, as activities co-ordinator, at our big annual Parkinson's holiday at Blackpool.
[AJM. It just goes to show: 'Once a Redcoat - always a Redcoat.'].
BUTLINS FILEY REDCOATS 1964
PENNY HOLMES - Minehead 1962