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Pontins Dolphin Holiday Camp, Brixham 1965

Pontins Dolphin Holiday Camp, Brixham 1965

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12" x 8" prints (A4) will be sent flat but all other sizes will be sent rolled in a tube.

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Brief history of Dolphin

 

 

In 1961/2 Fred Pontin went on a buying spree and acquired five existing holiday centres in Brixham.

Dolphin was one of those camps and had first opened in 1938. It had been used by Canadian servicemen during the war and was soon given a partial Pontins makeover with some new single-storey apartment blocks built to the north. A large number of original wooden chalets were retained and were offered at a discounted rate...but you had to make do with no shower or bath.

The camp could accommodate around 750 people and was a full board facility which meant that all meals were included and were taken in the huge communal dining room. Chalets were not equipped with any kitchen or lounge facilities.

In February 1991 a major fire destroyed the main entertainment building and the site never reopened. The camp lay abandoned and derelict for the next 14 years and became a favourite haunt for urban explorers. It was sold in 2005 for redevelopment and a new housing complex known as Sharkham Village now occupies the site. A wooden carving of a dolphin stands at the entrance in memory of the old camp. Roads now occupying the site include St Mary's Hill and St Mary's Drive in Brixham.

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