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Miners Welfare Holiday Camp Skegness - 1959

Holidays - Page 1

The Jukebox played Lipstick on your collar,
by Connie Francis, all holiday long


Being a member of the miners welfare meant Phil was able to take his family to the Skegness Miners Welfare Holiday Camp. While there he met up with Wilf Robinson and his family, from Mansfield Mines Rescue Station, quite a coincidence. A great time was had by all.

Rosie with Jane
who now lives in Winnipeg, Canada

The Healeys and Robinsons, without the men, they were fooling about in the sea at the time.




Wilf lifts Philip above the waves.

What would a holiday in Skegnes be like without a donkey ride?

And indeed what would a holiday, in a holiday camp, be like without a tallent or fancy dress competition? See below.
Rosie was dressed as Simple Sue, one of the camp entertainers and came second,
the Bisto kids were first.
Jane was Jane of Mansfield
and Terry was The Sheriff of Broken Jaw, a film showing in the local cinemas at the time.

My mam and dad took me to the miner’s holiday camp for 10 yrs running; they used to save up all year to go.

I have some fond memories firstly travelling there on the coach and when arriving at the big gates there was always someone there to greet you.

I’ve attached a picture, see above, of one of my favourite entertainers; his name was Mick Millington if my memory serves me right.

He was brilliant, in the theatre there was talent competitions for us kids and knobbley knees competitions for the mams and dads, Mick and another entertainer called Doug (I think) would compare everything.

In the days there were always things to do like treasure hunts, sandcastle competitions on the beach.

Mams used to strut their stuff round the outdoor swimming pool.

One fantastic bit of fun for the kids was on the polished ballroom floor, we all took our shoes off with just socks on we ran our hearts out sliding and slipping as all the mams and dads threw money onto the dance floor. Fantastic

When dusk came off all the kids went to the dormitory, and the fun started again.

What days, I’m afraid they wont come back.

Hope I’ve helped re-kindle some memories.

Paul M Gatley
04 January 2007
Age 54 ( Ilkeston )



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