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Skegness Town Council to decide future of new Jolly statue at station

By LincsCC  |  Posted: September 05, 2012

Jolly Fisherman

The existing Jolly Fisherman statue inside the station

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Lincolnshire County Council has decided that Skegness Town Council should now come up with suitable ideas, following the controversy about proposals for an additional Jolly Fisherman statue at the railway station entrance.

The existing Jolly Fisherman statue inside the station – without his arms outstretched - is damaged and was unlikely to survive relocation. The pursuit of a new one outside to welcome people to the town marks the final stage of an extensive seaside-themed facelift of the transport interchange.

The work is being co-ordinated by Councillor Neil Cooper, county councillor for Wainfleet and Burgh, who said: "There has been a great deal of interest shown in the plans for a new Jolly Fisherman statue in the plaza outside the railway station.

"We were helping out with a new statue, as part of the overall revamp of the interchange. The initial designs mirrored the existing statue, but we've listened to what people have told us and arranged for Skegness Town Council, who own the copyright for the Jolly Fisherman, to come up with suitable ideas. The county council feel it's only fit and proper for the town council to come up with the design, materials and palette of colours for this iconic image of Skegness.

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"Just to clear up any misunderstanding there was never any truth in the rumours that we were going to replace the main Jolly Fisherman on the foreshore." 

Councillor Neil Cooper is also a member of Skegness Town Council.

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  • Whiley45  |  September 06 2012, 7:45PM

    No LCC is not paying for it. We the taxpayer will be paying for it.

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  • Borninskeggy  |  September 06 2012, 6:58PM

    So let me get this right, there's actually going to be two Jolly Fishermen within a 100 or so yards of each other - in and near the railway station? That's good use of tax payers money then....

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  • George_Bloom  |  September 06 2012, 5:15PM

    Do we now have the county council directly posting their propaganda on here? Oh dear.

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  • M_C_Donald  |  September 06 2012, 1:33PM

    Maybe because LCC is paying for it!

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  • Whiley45  |  September 05 2012, 8:57AM

    "Seaside-themed facelift of the transport interchange". WHAT? For goodness sake speak our language in a way we can all understand. Why are the County Council sticking their noses into Skegness affairs anyway?

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