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Friday, 20 January 2012

Lincolnshire this week.

Two local pantomimes have broken box office records showing Lincolnshire folk have regained their appetite for uncomplicated family fun at Christmas time.

As reported earlier in this blog the ever popular Cannon and Ball in Cinderella at the Theatre Royal, Lincoln have played to all time high audiences and now the Embassy, Skegness have announced that their Christmas offering, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves has also raised attendances by 40% on last years figures and have recorded their best ever figures this year, being watched by over 9000 people.

Let’s be ‘avin’ yer news of the police and two Lincolnshire officers have been arrested on suspicion of misconduct in public office. They are now suspended. A third officer arrested at the same time has now been released. These charges normally relate to a serious abuse of power or responsibilities, BBC Lincolnshire reported.

Wragby swimming pool has been given a reprieve after donations were received which will enable the facility to function until at least March but after that the future is uncertain. Fundraisers are hoping to keep going and a music concert is planned but of course what is really needed is a lot more swimmers. The phrase use it or lose it comes to mind.

Talking of leisure activities East Lindsey District Council is hoping to turn Mablethorpe into a more northerly version of Southwold by investing £90000 in new and revamped beach huts on South Promenade. Beach huts are one of those things, like allotments that have suddenly come back in to fashion and the council hope the tidied up area will address the problems of vandalism and decay that have blighted the sea front.

A memorial to legendary Lincoln City manager, Keith Alexander and much loved midfielder Richard Butcher, both lost tragically young, has been unveiled by their widows in a ceremony at Lincoln City’s Sincil Bank Stadium. About 200 relatives, friends and team mates watched as the curtain was drawn back. In a week that has seen a £500,000 lifeline investment in the club a reminder that football is not the be all and end all and the pair are sadly missed by fans.

Work has begun to reduce the danger of flooding to riverbank homes in Horncastle, the Environment Agency committing £100000 to the project which is expected to last seven weeks. The work has been necessitated because of the activities of burrowing animals as well as general damage such as ruts along the bank.

Finally David Harper from Leisure Property Services has ruffled a few feathers in Skeggy by stating that the resort needs to up it’s game even suggesting that the town adopt a new name! Mr Harper is of the opinion that Skegness needs to be rebranded to attract a wealthier market and changing its name would be a cost effective way of achieving this. Not surprisingly the good folks of the town not to mention the Jolly Fisherman have given Mr Harpers comments a very frosty reception. Nigel Tett from the East Coast and Wolds Hospitality Association said:-

"Skegness is one of the most recognised names within this country and that is borne out by Visit England who say Skegness and Lincoln are two of the main attractors within this part of the world.

Don’t drag Lincoln into this! Mr Harper was unrepentant:-

"Most of the people I speak to, who don't know Skegness think it's one of the grottier resorts in the country," he said.

"They have a perception of it being all caravans and slot machines. They have no clue that it has one of the best beaches there in the whole of the UK

Talk about damned with faint praise! Have a good week wherever you are.

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