In the past I have written about my childhood holidays at Pontins Holiday Camps, and made a passing reference to the Bluecoats. I found this photograph in my collection, of one of the group, I’m not sure what year it was taken. The Bluecoats were in charge of the entertainment and ensured we all had a good time.
I got into autograph collecting at the beginning of our family’s Pontins holidays. The first page of signatures in my book are these:
The one on the yellow page is the gentleman we shared a dining table with, I never forgot the lovely sentiment ‘Be a good friend and you will always have good friends’. On the blue page is the autograph of one of the Bluecoats – Max Rayner, signed Pontins ’66, and under his name is a little poem from Bluecoat Mike ‘I am no great poet, Nor a great sage, But I love the honour to be on this page!’
I particularly like the way people had good handwriting and you’re able to read the names, some autographs I have from more recent years are not really legible and I’ve forgotten who some of them are! I don’t know why I liked collecting autographs, I guess I’m just a ‘collector’ type of person! I have some more that I will scan and share at a later date.