I just rewatched Holiday on the Buses this morning on ITV 3 and actually thought the camp looked quite nice! It brought back memories of my summer holiday in 1973 when we went to Bournemouth and went to a show at a theatre there which was naff but good!
As has been said, OTB was basic, but genuinely working class and rooted in reality which made it endearing and did I find it funny? Yes, very much so.
Plenty of familiar faces, Wilfred Brambell doing his dirty old man act, Henry McGee from The Benny Hill Show and, the worst actor in the entire world, Arthur Mullard.
Reg Varney was in his mid 50s when the series and films were done, but his character, Stan, was supposed to be in his mid 30s. He was one of those people who never looked much different over a long period of time. Apparantly, later in life he got into art and became quite a decent artist.
Post by Charles Bronson on Sept 1, 2018 18:37:36 GMT
Funny, but I was reading a few details about Shane Ritchie on Wikipedia today, as his ex-wife Colleen Nolan has been in the news lately. He was a Pontins Bluecoat earlier in his career, and according to his autobiography he had a right old time with the female campers whilst working there.
Post by Charles Bronson on Sept 1, 2018 19:06:59 GMT
Talking about Holiday Camps, I think they provided a terrific Service before people started going abroad. Our family were frequent visitors to Butlins Minehead in the nineties up to about 2003.
We don't go now that the kids are older but I really miss going there. The entertainment then was terrific you were really spoiled for choice as they had quite a few clubs there. We loved the place in those days. It might have changed a bit now but I'd love to go back there sometime.
We went to Pontins a few times, but the accomodation was pretty basic in the North Wales Camp. I really hope it stays open though as they definately fill a need, a lot of people on low incomes with young children seem to still take their holidays at Holiday Camps.
They had their place in the market. I stayed in a few. Best one we stayed at was Haven at Shanklin - Isle of Wight. Clean, modern (at the time) and mostly good weather in July meant we had a good holiday when our children were young.