Billy Butlin, Mayor of Folkestone John F. Moncrieff, with Damian Piza Beltran

Billy Butlin

Folkestone Open air Pool. Folkestone, Kent. Sir Billy Butlin shaking hands with Damian Piza Beltran of Mexico, accompanied by the Mayor of Folkestone. Drawing lots ceremony

He was unsuccessful, he swam for 5 hours, and at the date of the swim was 36 years old. In 1955 he again swam in a Billy Butlin swim and was one of the four finishers in that race, his swim time was 15hrs and 8mins. He was also successfull 1n 1953 in a time of 15hrs. 23mins. It was an independant swim. He was the first Mexican to swam the Channel. He doubled up on film for Johnny Weissmuller, in the Tarzan films. He was also a crooner in a Night Club.

A Black and White Photograph. From the Sam Rockett collection.

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