Billy Butlin, The Mayor of Folkestone (Charles E. Neate) and Ken Wray of Great Britain
Butlin’s International Channel Swim 1954. Folkestone Open Air Pool. Sir Billy Butlin shaking hands with Ken Wray, who represented Great Britain in the race.
Ken Wray, Great Britain. He swam in 1953, for 12 hrs & 15 mins. 1954 he swam for two hours. 1958 he swam for 4hrs and 7mins. 1959 he swam for 10hrs & 57 mins. These swims were all unsuccessful.
He did complete a successful swim in 1957, France-England, 16hrs 25mins. He was the only man to finish in the “Billy Butlin” Race and was winner of the cross channel race.
Ken Wray (33) swam Morecambe Bay, Lake Windermere 7hrs 17mins, and St. Napier to Le Baule swim South of France in 1955.
From the Sam Rockett Collection. A Black and White Photograph.