PICTURE GALLERY: Our latest nostalgia pictures

Here’s a gallery of some of the nostalgia pictures we’ve run in the Skegness Standard recently.

In order of appearance, the photographs, courtesy of Ben Hardaker, are:

Natureland new seal tank

Natureland new seal tank

○ Tony Blair MP who later became Prime Minister, pictured outside the Embassy Centre during the Labour Central Regional Council’s annual conference in March 1995 with party members and Steve Wattam who was Embassy manager at the time (holding the house full sign (right). Mayor the late Edith Sutton a party member is pictured front row second left.

○ 5th Skegness Scouts (sea scouts) held a surprise retirement party for their skip the late Roland Broughton in February 1995. He started as group scout leader of the Land Scouts and joined sea scouts in 1967.

They originally started meeting in the Catholic Church hall and moved on to St George’s Hall off Wainfleet Road before getting a purpose built HQ at the playing fields.

They presented him with a dragon lamp and bottle of rum with flowers for Mrs Broughton.

County Commissioner Bert Shaw attended the event as did the new skip Alan Sewell pictured second right and Paul Martin the then lifeboat coxswain (right).

○ Were you a member of 5th Skegness brownies at Skegness Lifeboat station in February 1995? The group went to present a cheque for £200 from a sponsored disco dance and pictured are Nichola Bide & Helen Kennedy with the late Morris Hatton from the RNLI.

○ The Fantasy Island pyramid at Ingoldmells is lifted into position after being assembled on the ground in January 1995. Weighing 100 tons it took a Baldwin 203ft crane to do the job and hold it steady as the bolts were put in to secure it in place.

○ Skegness Junior School opened its new premises on January 20th 1995 and some of the pupils are pictured in the hall on the first day. Can you find yourself among them if you were a pupil then?

○ Sunday January 15th 1995 was a bad day for Richard Branson’s Virgin airship. As it approached the southern Wash area in the afternoon it started to lose height due to a technical fault and the pilot had to ditch in the sea and call for help from Coastguards.

Skegness Lifeboat the Lincolnshire Poacher was tasked to recover the airship but the drag of the envelope reduced the towing speed to 4 knots and the craft was beached at Skegness in the early hours of January 16th. Some of the Virgin technical staff are pictured at around 2am on the Monday with the fuselage and envelope.

○ Skegness Natureland’s new 35,000 gallon seal pool opened in March 1995 and pictured is Duncan Yeadon tempting the seals with some fish they couldn’t reach so that the TV cameras and the press could get some close up shots for the next editions. The pool is fitted with heat toughened armour plated glass and is one of the main features of Natureland.

Do you recognise any of the faces in these pictures? Do you have a picture from the past you would like to share? Email news@skegnessstandard.co.uk