BRIGHTON 1972 - Ocean Hotel, Saltdean
Barry – Pwllheli –
is Rebecca Hambly. These are photos and memories of my late-mother's happy
times as a Butlins Redcoat. I'm still trying to piece things together, but know
she was a Redcoat in various camps from 1969 to 1972.
|Ann O'Neill with Graham Hambly
My dad, Graham
Hambly, was a lifeguard at Butlins, and also appeared on stage on a number of
occasions. “The Gargles Three” has been mentioned in the past - maybe this was
an entertainment group he was in?
My mum and dad met
in 1972 and married a few weeks later, in Merseyside, Mum had to work at
Brighton Butlins the very next day and wouldn't see Graham again until 2 weeks
later when he arrived.
I'm not sure how long my mum was at Barry Island for, but
she sang at the Gaeity Theatre and Pig & Whistle Bar, under the
Samantha Jones - I think. (One of her many stage names!!).
| Graham first caught Ann's attention
when she saw compering some of the Butlins'
you can enjoy singing together ... and have a social drink together ...
That's a good receipe for a long
On Sept 3rd 1969
she won first prize in The People National Talent Contest at Pwllheli but in
October 1969 she was disqualified from taking part in the semi-finals at
Butlins due to her being a Redcoat earlier in the season, but she had
apparently given up her job on the staff to enter the competition. In 1970, she
entered the competition again and won her heat.
the 1st October
1971, under the stage name Samantha McCoy, she signed a contract to
in the touring show “Here Come the Redcoats” from October to December
1971, with Mike Onions, Terry Dale, Frankie Day, Sham Cody, Cathy
Power and the organist Sid Longden. They toured Working Men's Clubs,
did several RAF bases.
anyone can help me piece these fragments together, I’d
You can write to A.J Marriot via the link below, with any
Thank you, on behalf of my
mother and father –
and GRAHAM HAMBLY.