If you follow me on Twitter or know me in real life then you’ll know that two things I talk about alot are Pat Sharp and Butlins. For those of you that don’t know, Pat Sharp is a DJ/presenter and Butlins is a popular UK holiday park.
When I was about 13 I always tuned into London’s Capital Radio station and listened to Pat Sharp – he was my favourite DJ and the added bonus was that he sang a few Stock, Aitken and Waterman produced songs in the 80’s too (my living joy as a teen!)
Pat was also prestenter of Fun House children’s show from 1990 – 2001, I never really watched that but it has cult status even now – (Pat always asks me what the hell I was doing for 11 years to miss it!)
At 19, my first job happened to be at Capital Radio (I covered someone’s sick leave one Saturday, then refused to leave of course!). Pat went from being my favourite DJ to my favourite colleague and now years later a lovely friend.
Pat travels around the country, dj’ing and doing live appearances; knowing I was an ex Red Coat Entertainer at Butlins and would absolutely love it, he invited me and my friends to his latest appearance at Butlins in Bognor Regis. I hadn’t been to Butlins since I left in 2001 so I was quite excited to be going along for the night to celebrate my birthday.
We stayed at the Wave hotel (very plush) and shared a room with the Funhouse twins (who also featured on the show with Pat) as you can imagine it was super fun! The weekend in question was an 80’s themed weekend and part of Butlins Big Weekends – an adults only extravanganza involving lots of good music and general mayhem. We had a ball dancing to Pat’s 80s set, seeing some live acts and ended the night in the nightclub.
Most people were dressed in fancy dress and we felt demure in comparison but managed to blend in nonetheless; we partied til the early hours like only you should at Butlins!
I totally recommend the ‘Big Weekends’ to anyone who wants a really good night! Butlins manages to have a fantastic holiday vibe without being your typical exotic holiday destination.
My relationship with Butlins began with a visit to the Minehead site in 2000 through my job at the time, I had such a great time I decided that I just had to work there and be a part of it all – it was the best decision I ever made. I came away with amazing memories, a big romance and some friends for life.
This weekend didn’t quite bring me that but it did bring with it even more fun memories and I can still say that Butlins is my happy place. With a smidge of 80s, Pat Sharp and good friends it’s still my happy place :)