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Holiday Camps

Shire Library No. 591

By (author) Kathryn Ferry
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, London, United Kingdom
Imprint: Shire Publications
Published: 19th May 2010
Dimensions: w 150mm h 211mm d 6mm
Weight: 151g
ISBN-10: 0747807752
ISBN-13: 9780747807759
Barcode No: 9780747807759
Synopsis
From the 1930s to the 1960s, millions of British people chose to spend their annual summer break at a holiday camp, taking advantage of the all-in package that included accommodation, food, and plentiful entertainment. The market leader was Billy Butlin whose camps operated on a vast scale, and offered a brightly coloured leisure land in contrast to the drabness of post-war rationing. The holiday camp story, however, goes back to the 1890s, and it continues into the present day with signs of a revival in camp fortunes. Kathryn Ferry celebrates the communal and the kitsch, glamorous grandmother competitions, chalets, Redcoats and all the other well-known symbols of an incredibly popular form of twentieth-century holiday.

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