Chilling photos inside abandoned Butlin’s site left to ruin after 20 years

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Newly published pictures of an abandoned Yorkshire Butlin's paint a bleak picture of what was once one of the UK's most popular tourist hotspots.

Filey Holiday Camp on the rough North Yorkshire coast welcomed millions of British families during its postwar heyday, Lancashire Live reported.

Victorian-style fairground rides, amusements, dancing, cabarets and terrible weather typified the classic experience of domestic tourism after the way.

But as package holidays became the norm during the 1970s and tourists got a different – warmer – taste of leisure abroad, Butlin's campsites like Filey struggled.

And it has never looked worse than it did 20 years after its closure during the 1980s.

The ruined remains included chipped stone fountains, derelict housing blocks, and disused swimming pools full of rubbish.

Butlin's in Filey had a capacity of 10,000 and was often rammed full during the peak summer season when Britain's workforce took their holidays.

Up to 175k visitors were said to visit during its most successful summers.

Wearied by the war, Brit families enjoyed the much-needed, if mild, thrills of Butlin's and other such sites.

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The hugely popular campsite even had its own branch of the north east railway and its own station, which has stayed open.

Butlin's stopped welcoming guests in September 1983 and was abandoned altogether in 2001, with demolition beginning in 1989.

But not all of its buildings fell, with many resembling those of a Chernobyl-style ghost town.

Butlin's still has popular sites at Bognor Regis, Minehead and nearby Skegness.

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Yet no one could claim they have the trendy appeal of their postwar heyday, as symbolised by the Filey site when these eerie photos were taken in the early 2000s.

Retired art and design lecturer Richard Bailey shared his pics of the derelict site.

But despite its worn appearance, he remembered Filey's own Butlin's warmly.

He said: "In 2001 while visiting Filey, I was walking my dog along the beach towards Primrose Valley when I went in search of the remains of the old Butlin's holiday camp whereas an 18 year-old-art student I had worked in the summer holidays of 1968.

"There was still plenty of evidence of what had once been a holiday camp, including the chalets, fountains and remains of the outdoor and indoor pools."

Now, posh cottage site The Bay Filey stands on the old Butlin's site.

Its luxury suites include jacuzzis and steam rooms, plus an on-site gastropub.

The wooden cottages strike a different note to Richard's 20-year-old images of the Butlin's site that meant so much to him – and millions more.

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