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Butlins Holiday Camps were founded by (later Sir) Billy Butlin (William Heygate Edmund Colborne Butlin), September 29 1900 - June 12 1990 to provide economical holidays in Great Britain.

The growth of the business was spurred by the Second World War when a number of camps were requisitioned for use as training camps, generating revenues for a post-war boom. The business was merged into the Rank Organisation, but sold off in the 1990s.

The camps were noted for their famous "Redcoats" who provided entertainment and organisation at every level.

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