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Richard Carling remembers the Filey staff of the 70's Back

Filey, early 70s, I remember the sheer size of the place sprawling over several acres. Walt Harper was in charge of the maintenance dept. I worked for him for three or was it four seasons? Red, Blue, Green, Yellow White Camps and Flatlets, as well as Kent, York and Staff dining rooms, all Main Buildings, all other buildings, Bars, Restaurants, etc!

Some of my recollections are of Barrow Boys chasing up and down camp with suitcases stacked high, probably hoping for Green Camp and not Flatlets, and a good tip! Queues for everything, which with several thousand people on site was not surprising. Wrestling Bouts, just like on the telly, same wrestlers, every week. Donkey Derbys, Cabarets Bob Monkhouse and AckerBilk are names that spring to mind, Sunday at the Gaiety Theatre with Colin Compton of the Comedians TV show cracking the gags and running the show!

Sea Frets, foggy on white camp and flatlets, sunny on the rest of camp! Pay parades, students all nationalities, laundry days on wed/sat, piles of linen everywhere. Floods, it wasnt always sunny.

But, most of all I remember the people.
Walt Harper. Maintenance Dept Boss - TOP MAN
George Gash, Maint/assistant from Hunmanby
Brian Sellars, Plumber from Scarborough
John Wilkinson, Plumber, lived in Filey from the north east
Gavin Young, Maint/assistant from Dumbarton
Sid Thomas, Maint/assistant from Liverpool
Jimmy Russell, Maint/assistant from Glasgow
Ted Young, Camp Manager
Peter Scrase, Catering Manager
Mr Stevenson, Security Manager
Harry Lawtey, Mechanic
Larry Boynton, Accomodation
Bob Wiseman and Jim Warhurst, assistant camp managers
Mr Carpenter, Staff Accomadation manager
Sid and Elsie, Staff Canteen chef and manageress
Esmerellda ??, Staff canteen
Pete Ellis, White Camp Conversions - a top man
All from 1972 season

Ken Featherston, Plumber from Filey
Nick Rowbotham from warwick
Nigel Rigbey, Richard G.Broadbent both Maint assistants
Peter Mcquade, Maint/assistant from Scotland
Arthur Keld, Drainman from Filey
Stewart Brooks, Pool filtration attendant from Anlaby, Hull
1973 season

Fred Wilson
Ian Lilley from Alfreton
Jimmy Taggert from Mansfield
All maintenance assistants during the 1974 season

Some other people I remember
Chalet maids
Dunbar girls
Rosie Liam, Leeds
Sue Cook, Leeholme
Josie, Birmingham
Moya who later woked at Batley Variety club
Ostanek from Yugoslavia
Terry Jones, Kent Store man from Birmingham
Pete Fleming, catering stores from Berwick
Bomber Security from Wath on Dearne
Bill Price from Mascy cwmwer, Wales
Flatlets shop staff
Ken/Bob security from Bristol

All the staff from Filey during my time there, thanks to you all! Richard Carling, Maintanence during the 1970s. SPECIAL THANKS to WALT HARPER AND HIS FAMILY, son PETER, daughter FAY.

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