Two weeks ago I was selected to be a Butlins Ambassador which is fab news because I think Butlins holidays are great resorts for children, and I know that my two are going to really enjoy themselves.
I recently visited Butlins last December for the Tots 100 Christmas Party and I was honestly taken aback by how modern and up to date Butlins has become in recent years. I mean, why wouldn't it be this way. It , like any other business, needs to move with the times and compete in a very competitive industry. I was pleasantly surprised by the Butlins of today because the last time I had visited a resort was back in 1986 when I stayed at Minehead (which is where I will be returning next May as part of my Ambassador role). So of course it was bound to have altered in 25 years!!! I would have been shocked if it had remained in a time warp!!
The first time I stayed on holiday at Butlins was actually the year before in the summer of 1985, when my grandparents took my brother and I to Bognor Regis. I was 11 and it was the summer before I started secondary school.
Here is what it looked like back then
A few things stand out in my mind about that holiday:
I bought a white plastic chain mail style bag (like those jelly shoes) - loved that bag!!
Madonna Get Into The Groove went to number one while I stayed there
Agadoo was very popular in the disco entertainment
I came 3rd in the Picture Of Health competition, where I had to parade in my swimming costume and then I wore my favourite outfit (see below). I entered the same competition the next year at Minehead and I was 3rd again!! I am sure my Nan has a photo of me in my swimming costume taken at Butlins when I had to pose as part of my 'parade' - oh the embarrassment!!
Imagine if they ran that kind of competition nowadays! There would probably be uproar and if it went ahead I can just imagine girls being made to look like those who enter those American pageant competitions!!
I remember that we stayed in a room only type apartment, and to be honest it was very basic and nothing like the plush accommodation I experienced at Bognor last December!! Here is my Nanny inside our apartment
Look at those curtains!!! I know we ate our meals in a huge canteen style room - again think more school dining room than the restaurants Butlins uses nowadays for its meals.
Back then I think I even contemplated that I would like to have be a redcoat when I was older because I knew that a lot of TV stars started off as one. As I always wanted to be a TV presenter, I thought that being a redcoat would be a good idea because it could help me land my dream job! But I didn't become one of course!
I was a bit embarrassed to have my picture taken with this Butlins bunny!!! Look at the way his tongue is hanging out - creepy!!
Now its your turn
Please link up any flashback - it can be anything as there is no theme this week and from any time - yesteryear or even yesterday. Remember a flashback is just that - a flash back in time and time can be anytime :)
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I look forward to seeing your flashbacks
And the winner is.....
Last week we had a prize draw and Emma won!!! yay well done to her :)