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04 August 2022 - 10:01

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Most of us can remember our first job – perhaps it was in a shop or a café, maybe washing pots or serving tables. And while the memories are not always happy ones, that first foray into the world of work usually has a lasting impact.For magician, comedian and presenter Stephen Mulhern, that first job was in fact life-changing. Starting out as a Redcoat at Butlin’s Minehead resort aged 17, he has gone on to have a flourishing career in the entertainment industry that has seen him present prime-time TV shows alongside Ant and Dec and showcase his magic skills at The Royal Variety Performance.Stephen Mulhern started his career at Butlin’s aged just 17 (Photo: Butlins)Now, more than 25 years later, he is returning to Butlin’s as their headline act for the summer season. But had it not been for a twist of fate, he would never have landed that all-important Redcoat role in the first place.“Not many people know this, but the way I actually got the job was that we went to Butlin’s as a family on holiday. We went from when I was about 11 all the way through to when I was 17 when one evening an act had dropped out,” says Mulhern, a born and bred Londoner who only ever moved away from the capital to work at Butlin’s.“My dad asked one of the Redcoats, ‘Could my son do a little show?’ and they let me. Then the head of entertainment at Minehead asked if I would ever think of becoming a Redcoat and I said, ‘Oh yeah, I’d love to,’ and so I did.”And does he still remember the details of that “little show”?“Yes – I remember exactly what it was. There was one trick where I had a loaf of bread and I made a handkerchief vanish and I got three people to sign the handkerchief, a woman in the audience to hold the loaf of bread, and then I made the handkerchief vanish.“When the woman ripped open the bread, the signed handkerchief was inside – my dad helped me do the whole thing.”More on British SeasideThe Victorian seaside resort with a microclimate and an uncrowded beach30 July, 2022The pretty Yorkshire seaside town that's enjoying a 21st-century renaissance23 July, 2022Sussex is England’s cultural hotspot this summer, from top-class vineyards to contemporary art11 July, 2022Mulhern’s love of magic was ignited by his father, a market trader in London’s Petticoat Lane.“From the age of 11, rather than reading a bedtime story to me, my dad would do a magic trick and I just loved it – whether it was making a coin disappear or making a card float through the air, I just got hooked on them. I just loved doing magic.”He is now sharing that love of magic with a series of headline shows across Butlin’s three holiday resorts – Minehead in Somerset, Bognor Regis in West Sussex, and Skegness in Lincolnshire – during the summer holidays.“It’s a special place for me, Butlin’s,” says the 44-year-old. “And for my whole family – we owe them a lot.”Butlin’s, like all of the hospitality industry, suffered heavily during the coronavirus pandemic, enduring multiple closures followed by a cautious reopening set against a constantly changing set of rules around capacity, mixing and testing.So for the 2022/23 season, they’ve opted to go big with a campaign that asks “are you ready to Butlin’s?” which they are hoping will re-establish them as titans of entertainment.Alongside Stephen’s residency, all three resorts are playing host to a live version of ITV’s The Masked Singer.An artist’s impression of the Skegness SKYPARK, due to open in 2023 (Image: Butlins)And in 2023, they plan to open SKYPARK – a themed, inclusive playground – at their Skegness resort. It will be open during daytime and evening hours with rides, playground equipment, wheelchair-accessible activities and light shows.

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.For Mulhern – still a regular visitor to Butlin’s Minehead as a guest alongside his five nephews and one niece – the opportunity to return to the stage there is an exciting one.“I’ve got friends who still work at Butlin’s – they just went further up the ranks but within the company. So it’s nice to go back and still get to see them, it’s great.“It’s changed a lot – it’s still a traditional holiday but just up-to-date now. The amount of people that I hear say, ‘Do you know, I went to Butlin’s and I couldn’t believe it.’“The accommodation is like a transformation isn’t it? And the entertainment – the entertainment is another level now. And you never pay for anything extra which is so important.“The Redcoats too, they are more current – it’s just a brilliant experience where you can absolutely generate memories.”He does concede that there is still a certain degree of snobbery surrounding the Butlin’s brand – but he believes that those who dismiss it as tacky or out-of-date haven’t actually experienced it for themselves.“I think, like anything, that it [snobbery] comes back to the fact that once people have got an image in their heads of what they think it’s going to be like, it’s hard to change that – until you actually do it of course,” he says.“I’ll go as far as to say I dare anyone to go to Butlin’s and then not go again. I don’t believe it will happen.”More on Family Holidays16 of the best UK hotels with outdoor pools starting from £119 per night29 July, 2022How I packed hand luggage only for a 10-day holiday with two children under six27 July, 2022The holidays from hell: From flight fuel warnings to headless snakes01 July, 2022When Mulhern was starting out, social media and reality TV shows barely existed – so what advice does he have for the next generation of Redcoats hoping to follow in his footsteps?“I would say work hard, and utilise Butlin’s – it’s an amazing platform so be sure to use it. That audience is there to support the Redcoats, so enjoy it.“That red coat is like a suit of armour – it’s bizarre actually because to go out and do an act that you haven’t honed or practised, normally you’d probably be eaten alive; but the red coat gives you a tiny bit of protection.”Redcoats at Butlins (Photo: Butlins)He adds: “There are not a lot of platforms now where you can get a break in entertainment – the only way is through reality TV and, let’s be honest, it’s not for everyone. Butlin’s is a gateway, it’s better than any drama school so give it a go.“You’re not guaranteed to get the job but just give it a go, because once you’re in, the world’s your oyster, and we need new stars to come out of it. “I would love to see someone else come from Butlin’s that makes it into TV or becomes a West End star, I think it would be amazing.”Stephen Mulhern is preforming his new live show at Butlin’s now. To book your, visit butlins.com. Breaks start from £79 per person, based on four people sharing.

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