A look at an old Butlins postcard from Skegness.
I'm always on the lookout for old minigolf postcards and when I'm sorting through them at fairs, car boot sales, or in charity or antique shops I always keep an eye out for holiday camp postcards too.
This is one of the wonderful Butlin's cards from the late 1960's and it ticks a number of my interest boxes.
Firstly it's got a prominent view of a miniature golf course being played.
Secondly it's a Butlin's holiday camp card.
And thirdly it's got a monorail on it!
|A Typical Butlin Monorail. I have two other versions of this card, but with the caption of 'Butlin's Skegness Monorail' instead. One was postally used on 27th July 1971|
Skegness was the first Butlin's holiday camp and it opened its doors on the 11th April 1936.
The camp at Butlin's Skegness was the location for the UK's first commercial monorail. It opened in 1965.
Holidaying at Butlin's
My parents met at the Butlin's holiday camp in Clacton-on-Sea in the 1970's. My family often went on holiday to the Butlin's holiday camp in Minehead. We also had one stay at the Bognor Regis and Ayr camps. I spent many summers in the 80's and 90's at the Barry Island Holiday Camp, itself a former Butlin's camp.
I have not yet visited the Skegness camp, but have had some brilliant holidays in Skeggy itself.
We also used to ride the monorail at Butlin's Minehead all the time.
|My brother Christopher foudnd this snap of us riding the monorail at Butlin's Minehead back in the early 90's while looking through some old family photos|