3:00pm Saturday 28th September 2013
HI DE HI! Calling all former female Butlin’s workers and holidaymakers . . . would you like to feature in a book about your experiences at the holiday camp?
Authors Lynn Russell and Neil Hanson are writing a new book, Wish You Were Here, about women who worked or holidayed at Butlin’s in the 1940s, 50s, 60s and 70s.
Lynn said: “We want to tell the stories of a number of women fromthe heyday of Butlin’s, reflecting their lives in and out of work, their experiences, friendships, bonds and sometimes marriages, and whether work at Butlins was ‘just a job’ or something more.”
Through the stories they gather the authors aimnot to only tell the tale of Butlin’s, but also the tale of changing times and attitudes.
Neil said: “We’re not writing a history of Butlin’s – it’s the individual stories we’re interested in.
“The book will reflect the unique place the company holds in the story of the British seaside holiday.”
Lynn and Neil have already written a bestselling book– The Sweethearts – about the lives of women workers atRowntree’s chocolate factory in York, which spent several weeks in the Sunday Times Top 10 earlier this year.
“The women who collaborated with us on The Sweethearts found it a very worthwhile experience,” said Lynn.
“Every one of our Rowntree interviewees loved their working lives at the company, and we’d be surprised if many former Butlin’s workers, particularly at an iconic camp like Butlin’s Minehead, didn’t express similar sentiments.
“Everyone’s story is potentially interesting to us – if you have memories to share or know someone who does, please get in touch.”
Talking about the new book, Neil said: “It’s a warm, nostalgic look back at an era which has now passed, but, above all, it’s a celebration of the women who worked or holidayed there.”
Lynn and Neil can be contacted by email: at email@example.com or by calling 01943-607005.
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