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Jolly Fisherman statue under repair ahead of Skegness' summer season

By claire1222  |  Posted: January 29, 2013

Jolly Fisherman

The Jolly Fisherman statue at Compass Gardens in Skegness

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SKEGNESS' iconic Jolly Fisherman statue is enjoying some much needed TLC to repair damage, much of which has been caused by mindless vandalism.

East Lindsey District Council has taken the famous statue from the Compass Gardens fountain to local Jolly Roger Amusements to get the Jolly Fisherman looking tidy for this year's summer season.

In charge of the repair - designer, patent and mould maker Rob Sanderson said: "This isn't the first time Jolly has visited the factory for repairs.

"This time we will be fixing his fingers, pipe, scarf and shoulder and reinforcing them to make them really strong.

"It's nice to see him up close - it's quite eerie how accurate he is."

Rob added that the statue appears to be made from fibreglass moulded around a frame which has then been sprayed with acid, assisted by general weathering, to give him a weathered bronze look.

The team is on the hunt to find old pictures of the statue to be able to repair him to his original state.

Spokesman for East Lindsey District Council James Gilbert said: "Family and friends for years have taken pictures next to the statue mimicking the Jolly Fisherman's pose and we look forward seeing the statue return in time for the holiday season.

"It's nice to see the Jolly being repaired somewhere locally where we have used before."

Production manager Will Hennessy said: "It's a real pleasure for us to be repairing Jolly because as a local business we know how important he is to the town.

"As a child I used to see the posters of him in and around the train station so it's nice to be a part of his heritage."

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