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By Dennis Hardy, Colin Ward

Goodnight Campers! strains the advance of the British vacation camp from its origins on the flip of the century and tells the total tale of a desirable a part of our pop culture.

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And over time it was the commercial camps (or mass camps as they were sometimes known) which wrested the initiative from their forerunners to set the pace and image for post1945 developments. Pioneer camps 29 Yet the original holiday camps were not to give ground easily. Theirs was a world that sought to turn away from the trappings of mass commercialism in search of the simpler qualities of fresh air, wholesome cooking and good, clean fun. It was an ideal that was closer to the more general pursuit of camping under canvas than to that of new developments in holiday camps.

At the same time, a camp was developed on the other side of Rhyl, on a seaside site of 34 acres on the road to Prestatyn. The owner was a Mr. Hargreaves from Nottingham who began by renting bell-tents, and then employing out-of-work men from Liverpool to build three-room chalets, as well as renting caravan plots. The Robin Hood Camp (with its Maid Marion Store and its former Friar Tuck Café) now belongs to Golden Sands. All its chalets and caravans are privately owned, and all bookings arranged between the owners and campers, as with the caravans at Golden Sands itself.

Team games, sing-songs and other organised amusements were just as much a part of life at Cunningham’s as they were at later camps. ’ (Jill Drower, Good Clean Fun: The Story of Britain’s First Holiday Camp, 1982) Togetherness in tents 23 The first holiday camp entrepreneur was not Billy Butlin, nor a demobilized army captain at Hayling Island, but a Presbyterian teetotaler from the nineteenth-century world of Working Lads’ Institutes in Liverpool. Joseph Cunningham’s great-granddaughter Jill Drower, has told his story in a delightful book which stresses how many features of the modern commercial holiday camp were present in his venture before Billy Butlin was born.

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