I'm not sure for how
long my mum was at Barry Island, where she frequently sang at the Gaiety
Theatre and Pig & Whistle Bar, as Samantha Jones - one of
her many stage names!
On Sept 3rd 1969 she won first prize in The People National Talent Contest at Pwllheli but in October 1969 she was disqualified from taking part in the semi-finals at Butlins due to her being a Redcoat earlier in the season, but she had apparently given up her job on the staff to enter the competition. In 1970, she entered the competition again and won her heat.
On the 1st October 1971, under the stage name Samantha McCoy, she signed a contract and to appear as a member of the touring show “Here Come the Redcoats” from 28th October – 18th December 1971, with Mike Onions, Terry Dale, Frankie Day, Sham Cody, Cathy Power and the organist Sid Longden. They toured Working Men's Clubs, and also did several RAF bases.
My dad, Graham Hambly, was a lifeguard at Butlins, and also appeared on stage on a number of occasions. “The Gargles Three” has been mentioned in the past - maybe this was an entertainment group he was in?
My mum and dad met in 1972 and married a few weeks later, in Merseyside, Mum had to work at Brighton Butlins the very next day and wouldn't see Graham again until 2 weeks later when he arrived.