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20070726

In 1947 Sir Billy Butlin opened a holiday camp on the north Wales coast, near Pwllheli.

At its peak 300,000 people a year spent their annual break here, looked after by an ever-smiling gang of Redcoats.

Sixty years on, Ruth Madoc says 'Hi-de-Hi!' and tells the story of the former naval-training establishment that won its place in people's hearts.

20070726

In 1947 Sir Billy Butlin opened a holiday camp on the north Wales coast, near Pwllheli.

At its peak 300,000 people a year spent their annual break here, looked after by an ever-smiling gang of Redcoats.

Sixty years on, Ruth Madoc says 'Hi-de-Hi!' and tells the story of the former naval-training establishment that won its place in people's hearts.

012007072220070726

In 1947 Sir Billy Butlin opened a holiday camp on the north Wales coast, near Pwllheli.

At its peak 300,000 people a year spent their annual break here, looked after by an ever-smiling gang of Redcoats.

Sixty years on, Ruth Madoc says 'Hi-de-Hi!' and tells the story of the former naval-training establishment that won its place in people's hearts.

012007072220070726

In 1947 Sir Billy Butlin opened a holiday camp on the north Wales coast, near Pwllheli.

At its peak 300,000 people a year spent their annual break here, looked after by an ever-smiling gang of Redcoats.

Sixty years on, Ruth Madoc says 'Hi-de-Hi!' and tells the story of the former naval-training establishment that won its place in people's hearts.

02 LAST2007090820070913

In this history of Butlins in Pwllheli, Ruth Madoc finds out about the rules and regulations of being a redcoat, and hears how romance flourished in the camp, including an unexpected marriage proposal.

02 LAST2007090820070913

In this history of Butlins in Pwllheli, Ruth Madoc finds out about the rules and regulations of being a redcoat, and hears how romance flourished in the camp, including an unexpected marriage proposal.