GALLERY: A nostalgic look back at Skegness, featuring the Red Arrows, comedian Charlie Williams and more...

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Former freelance press photographer Ben Hardaker is going back through his old photographs.

He will be sending in a couple each week to share with readers in the paper.

Charlie Williams who once played soccer for Skegness Town tries out a new attraction of camel rides with the then director of entertainments and amenities for ELDC Les Shepherd. Photo: Ben Hardaker.

Charlie Williams who once played soccer for Skegness Town tries out a new attraction of camel rides with the then director of entertainments and amenities for ELDC Les Shepherd. Photo: Ben Hardaker.

The one of the Red Arrows was taken in 1981 as the flew over Skegness beach during carnival week with the remains of the pier following earlier storm damage.

Also pictured, in 1982, is comedian Charlie Williams who once played football for Skegness Town as he tries out a new attraction of camel rides with the then director of entertainments and amenities for East Lindsey District Council Les Shepherd.

From 1964 comes a look back at the Festival Pavilion which stood next to the boating lake. Many will remember it for the swinging 50s and 60s dances plus rock and roll weekends, but it also hosted talent shows, roller skating and all in wrestling. Morecambe and Wise had them rolling in the aisles one summer and it played host to Friskney Bowmen amongst others in the winter. All that is left now is the picnic area just south of the Boating Lake cafe.

Skegness Pier is pictured in 1970 showing a Clinton Ford poster as the showbiz attraction at that time. For many years the theatre hosted summer shows and afternoon music by the Jan Ramsden Players whose drummer Bob Gregg used to get his own back on the RAF fighters that zoomed low nearby by drumming a machine gun sound and declaring ‘missed him, but I’ll get him on the way back’. The pier was opened in 1881 and was eventually partially wrecked in the storm of 1978, from which the seaward end never recovered

We hope they will bring back some memories.

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