Sir William Butlin - 1959/66/75

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Sir William “Billy” Butlin was a South Africa-born British entrepreneur whose name is synonymous with British holiday camps. He built his first camp in Skegness in 1936 and turned holiday camps into a multi-million pound industry and a prominent feature in British culture – to this day. Over several years, Billy made his camps available to many thousands of disadvantaged children. He was knighted in 1964, not just for his achievements in the holiday business, but for his considerable charitable efforts - including those for Variety Club.