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Get Into the Swim at Butlin's

Publicity film featuring the new indoor pool at Clacton, including underwater ballet. Supplied courtesy of Butlin’s Heritage Collection.

Promotional 1957 12 mins

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Supplied courtesy of Butlin's Heritage Collection, this colour publicity film aims to promote their popular holiday camps as the ideal place to learn to swim, emphasising the expert instruction provided by Redcoats who are always on hand to give technical advice or instill confidence in the novice swimmers. Underwater windows, a unique feature of the camps, provide the perfect viewpoint to watch the graceful moves of the aqua ballet … or the frogman cleaning the glass!

Maureen Barry, a trained ballet dancer, features in the underwater ballet sequence. She was a swimming coach at the Bognor Regis Butlin’s holiday camp.