GALLERY: Celebrating the Jolly Fisherman’s birthday

Back in 1983 the Skegness Jolly Fisherman was celebrating his 75th birthday with a special excursion from Kings Cross station in London, remembers former press photographer Ben Hardaker.

The date was April 7 and the adult fare was the same as it was 75 years previously – 3 shillings or 15p in decimal money.

Back in 1983 the Skegness Jolly Fisherman was celebrating his 75th birthday with a special excursion from Kings Cross station in London. Photo: Ben Hardaker

Back in 1983 the Skegness Jolly Fisherman was celebrating his 75th birthday with a special excursion from Kings Cross station in London. Photo: Ben Hardaker

One of the photos shows a civic line up at Kings Cross with East Lindsey District Council chairman Rousevelt Wilkinson in top hat with the late Harold Fainlight and some of those dressed from the period.

Another shows TV celebrity Barry Cryer (right) with a couple of friends seen on the train en-route for Peterborough, where there was a civic reception by the mayor before the party continued the journey to Skegness.

There is also a picture of the civic party on arrival at Skegness as they pose for the TV cameras.

And the final picture shows some of the crowds waiting for the train’s arrival.