With its ‘glamorous grandmother’ competitions and endless entertainment, Butlin’s in the 80s was the ultimate British package holiday. Barry Lewis’ glorious photographs, taken during a particularly wet summer at Skegness, capture a defiant national spirit at a time when Billy Butlin’s original vision of ‘fun for all the family’ was under threat from cheap foreign travel and the faltering English weather.

Barry Lewis is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker whose work has appeared in many international publications including The Sunday Times and Life magazine. Barry worked at Butlin’s in the 60s after leaving school, returned to the Skegness camp in 1982 on a photography assignment to undertake this project.

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