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Former head of Butlins dies

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Former head of Butlins holiday camps, Robert ‘Bobby’ Butlin, has died at the age of 74. He had been suffering from lung cancer.

The son of Sir Billy Butlin, founder of the world famous holiday camps, Bobby Butlin became chairman and managing director of Butlins when his father retired in 1968.

He held the post until 1985 and during his management introduced self-catering to the holiday camps. He also oversaw much of the entertainment programme which, during the seventies, featured leading stars such as Ken Dodd, Roy Castle, Bob Monkhouse and many others appearing in cabaret. A host of other entertainers, including Reg ‘Confidentially’ Dixon, Wyn Calvin, Tommy Trinder, Arthur Worsley and Jimmy Wheeler, starred in the Butlins revue theatres.

Bobby Butlin oversaw the merger of Butlins with the Rank Organisation in 1972. His father died in 1980.

Bobby Butlin was diagnosed with cancer in September 2008 and died in the Harley Street Clinic on December 31, 2008. His funeral was held on January 9 at Golders Green where more than 200 mourners attended. A full obituary will appear in The Stage newspaper.

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