Again, John Sharples
, aged 5 and a half years, opened his
could hear the soft sound of his
brother breathing in the bed opposite but this really wasn't their usual sleeping place.
THE MAJESTIC | JOHN SHARPLES | BARRY PUGH | FAN PAGE | SHOP
was brought up on Carry On Films
and Holiday Camps, on cheesy seventies sitcoms and a good dose of healthy innuendo was the order of the day in his
time at Aerospace, John
took three weeks out of his
last year to attempt the break the world record for Marathon Disco Dancing.
danced for 15 days and 11 hours.
"It was the hardest thing I'd ever done in my life, but it taught me a lesson that sticks with me today.
There's no such thing as Can't!
A person can do anything that he
wants to do".
came out of his
time at 20 years of age, and managed to endure a few more months as an electrician as the wages were pretty damn good!
By May he
was working in a small Pontin's camp in the South of England called Bracklesham Bay.
was given the post of Assistant Entertainment Manager, even though he
had never worked a full season.
He wasn't happy with that, He felt that he was ready to be Entertainment Manager, but he would just have to bide his time.
managed to steal the limelight wherever possible and the audiences seemed to like him.
still wasn't as happy as he
At the end of that season, Debbie left the company and John
finally got the promotion that he
so dearly wanted.
During that first year at Bracklesham bay, he
world record for Disco Dancing by dancing for 15 days and 16 hours.
This time it was harder than ever.
Some of the Entertainment team weren't happy at having to cover his
duties whilst he
got the limelight.
Some of them never even came to see how he
was going on!
It was because the Guinness book of records stunt that John
was invited onto various TV Shows and had the pleasure of meeting his
comedy Idol "Kenneth Williams"
"I loved Bracklesham Bay.
I felt that it was made for me".
The place buzzed as he
tried to put the magic of his
childhood years at Pontin's into the Entertainment Programme.
The campers were wonderful, and the comments on the customers questionnaires would make him feel on top of the world.
It was a fantastic time, and John
stayed there for two years until he
got a dreadful shock!
It was too much for John
cried and cried.
set everybody off.
Even tough nut Jack
In 1987, John went to Prestatyn with General Manager Alan Shields.
was Awarded Entertainment Manager of the year in 1987.
It was Country and Western Week, hence the daft outfit!
It still didn't have the family feel of Bracklesham Bay, but life was good and his
wages kept going up without him ever asking for a rise!
found managing his
staff in a fair way very difficult, it was a very big team and it was practically impossible to entertain in three rooms and take good care and interest of the individual members of the team.
In later years, after Management training, he
found it much easier and made sure that all members of the team were happy and included.
After three years in Prestatyn he
had a dreadful year at Middleton Tower In Heysham near Morecambe.
John thought it was an awful place and doesn't recall any happy moments there.
The site was reaching the end of its operational life and he
felt like he
was flogging a dead horse.
After that season John
reflected on his
childhood, remembering visiting Middleton Tower on holiday as a child and he
didn't really like it then either.