Butlin’s Ayr Trilogy Part 1 and 2 by Frank McGroarty.

What Time Does Midnight Cabaret Start?

“Working at Butlins took on a whole new meaning. Suddenly Butlins became the best place in the world.”
Eighteen-year-old Terry McFadden is stuck on the dole with nowhere to go. Plagued by crippling shyness, he doesn’t have the confidence to do anything, unless it was performing on stage or on the ballroom dance floor. But that wasn’t going to get him a job.
Then, his talents set him on the road towards a life-changing summer working as a Butlins Redcoat, where under the guidance of egomaniac Entertainments Manager Ron De Vere, he discovers the person he wanted to be. He also finds true love with the lovely Angie.
Blending romantic fiction with historical fact, What Time Does Midnight Cabaret Start? is a coming-of-age love story and the debut novel of former Redcoat, Frank McGroarty.
This is the first installment of a Butlins Ayr Trilogy, set in a much-loved and missed holiday camp during the early 1980s, regarded by many as the latter years of the “Hi De Hi” era.The 1982 summer season at Butlins Ayr was over. For Terry McFadden, life couldn’t be any better. Those few months did not just change him as a person – they also changed his life.

Don’t Mention “Hi-De-Hi”

He had just finished working in his dream job as a Butlins Redcoat, where he closed the door on his childhood life, received a major boost to his confidence, and found the love of his life, kitchen assistant Angie Bierman.
Now they were back in the “real world”, living on either side of the country. How would their relationship survive during the off season?
A return to Butlins was not guaranteed. But if the invitation came, would they want to go back for the 1983 season? Would Angie get to fulfill her own dream and join him as a Redcoat?
Their lives changed during their first season; if they did return to Ayr, would their lives change again?
Blending romantic fiction with historical fact, Don’t Mention “Hi-De-Hi”! is the second instalment of the Butlins Ayr Trilogy and the follow-up to What Time Does Midnight Cabaret Start, written by former Redcoat Frank McGroarty, set in a much loved and missed holiday camp during the early 1980s, regarded by many as the latter years of the “Hi De Hi “era.

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