|3 - Reception|
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Your holiday starts here...
On Saturdays the reception was crammed full of new campers queuing up to hand over their 2/6 deposit for chalet keys. Lots of luggage and hustle and bustle. For the remainder of the week, the area was virtually deserted, save for the postal section where mail for the Campers could be collected.
Also in the reception building was a picture board which told the story of Billy Butlin and gave the timescale of the opening of his holiday camps.
Behind the reception counters, there were hundreds and hundreds of chalet keys hanging up on hooks and many duplicates, as for a family chalet, each person could have a key. Each key was on a keyring complete with a 'Butlins Holiday Camp Clacton' token.
The Chalet Maids had keys to every chalet which needed cleaning, so a typical cleaner had bunches and bunches of Yale type keys hanging off her belt. Presumably 'master keys' weren't an option.
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