Part of the Ilkeston Cam "Days Out" Series

Skegness - A Trip To The Lincolnshire Coast
w/e 04 April 2004

Lumley Road

In the years after the Second World War, Skegness became a very popular holiday resort especially with visitors from the Midland counties of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. With the onset of foreign travel the town lost some of its appeal but today it still attracts many visitors during the summer months. I was surprised last week with the number of people there at the end of March despite the fact that the start of holiday season is still a few weeks off. This view of Lumley Road should be familiar to ALL visitors, whether old or new. To the left of the building towards the centre of the picture is the much narrower High Street, probably more commonly known, because of the number of establishments selling one of England's favourite take away meals, as Chip Alley.
Tower Restaurant

Fish and chips were also available at the Tower Restaurant and despite the shutters seen here, most of the shops on Lumley Road were open for business. Even this early in the year, seaside souvenir shops were trading alongside the national chain stores and other local businesses.
Skegness Rock

Almost as traditional as fish and chips, any visit to the seaside should also be marked by at least one stick of lettered rock and the Skegness Rock Factory has already built up sufficient stocks to satisfy everyone with a sweet tooth expected in the town during the coming weeks.
Kiddies Corner

There will be plenty of ice cream on sale too not least at the Kiddies Corner on the South Parade.
The Big Dipper

For the more grown up children (and adults) there are larger and more adventurous amusements off Grand Parade and although comparatively tame by the rollercoaster standards of today, the Big Dipper has been a familiar feature of the Skegness skyline for many years.
The Beach

And then of course there is the beach. With a stiff breeze blowing in from the North Sea, there were no takers today but preparations for the summer season are well under way. There's a sign for donkey rides but no donkeys yet; flag poles but no flags and a pier that is shorter now than it used to be and almost reaches the sea which, if you look closely, you can just see. There was a joke some time ago that you needed two days to visit Skegness - one to get there and the other to walk down the beach to the edge of the water. That's probably unfair but with such a large expanse of sand there's plenty of room for everyone and there's certainly no fighting for sun beds.
The Boating Lake

As an alternative to the sea, the calm waters of the boating lake are another excellent option. Soon the lake will be a hive of activity but at the moment, all the boats are tied up awaiting their first customers.
Skegness Icons

No visit to the town would be complete without a look at these two famous icons. Even on this very brief visit - I was only there for about an hour - I had time to see the Clock Tower and the symbol that is always associated with Skegness, the Jolly Fisherman.

On this visit I didn't have time to go to the end of the pier, but in those halcyon post war years, well before the arrival of digital cameras, Wrates had a thriving photographic business snapping holidaymakers as they walked along the prom. By presenting the ticket thrust into your hand when the photograph was taken at their premises at the pier, you could inspect, buy and order further copies of your holiday image. In 1953, Coronation year, the photos were presented in souvenir folders.

The colour images on this page are from my latest visit to Skegness but this one with the date stamped in the top corner probably records my first visit. Yes believe it or not, that cute child really is me!

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