GALLERY: Crowds support emergency services at Carnival 999 Day in Skegness

Cory Steele (5), of Skegness,  ready for action with Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue at the Carnival 999 Day on Pier Field. ANL-160817-151320001
Cory Steele (5), of Skegness, ready for action with Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue at the Carnival 999 Day on Pier Field. ANL-160817-151320001
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Sirens were sounding loud in Skegness today - but for once it was all for fun and not because there was an emergency.

Hundreds of people poured onto the Pier Field for what could be the final Carnival 999 Day on the site - subject to Premier Inn getting permission for their hotel plans.

Chief Insp Jim Tyner recruiting early in Skegness at the Carnival 999 Day on Pier Field. Photo: Skegness Police ANL-160817-150252001

Chief Insp Jim Tyner recruiting early in Skegness at the Carnival 999 Day on Pier Field. Photo: Skegness Police ANL-160817-150252001

Among the visitors were many locals, who told the Standard their children loved the event and they went along every year.

For the emergency services who keep the coast safe and other charitable organisations who support the community, it was the opportunity to promote what they do and raise much-needed funds.

East Lindsey’s Chief Insp Jim Tyner was seen recruiting some young visitors as members of his policing teams spoke to visitors about their work along the coast. The Holmes family from Winthorpe took the opportunity to sit in a police car and others grabbed the chance to sound the siren.

Brianna Brown, 11, was at the stand with mum Natalie. She said: “We’re staying with grandma at Chapel. It’s a great event.”

Bella Mai Belshaw, 4, of Skegness, with her brother Logan, aged one, get checked out at the East Midlands Ambulance Service stand at the 999 Day on Pier Field. ANL-160817-151438001

Bella Mai Belshaw, 4, of Skegness, with her brother Logan, aged one, get checked out at the East Midlands Ambulance Service stand at the 999 Day on Pier Field. ANL-160817-151438001

National Coastwatch staff who monitor the east coast from their base at the Derbyshire Miners retreat in Winthorpe were at the event to raise munch-needed funds.

Clive Pouncey, station manager, said: “We’re raising £30,000 for a new station in the grounds, which is a huge project. So far we have about a third of what we need.

“We’re here today to raise our profile so we can encourage more volunteers, as well as to raise money.”

Also raising funds was the Alive and Kicking group, whose volunteers support people with learning disabilities and take them out on trips.

The Holmes family from Winthorpe took the opportunity to sit in a police car at the Carnival 999 Day in Skegness. ANL-160817-150317001

The Holmes family from Winthorpe took the opportunity to sit in a police car at the Carnival 999 Day in Skegness. ANL-160817-150317001

Volunteer driver Gary Lineker said: “We need to raise about £700 to repair the tail lift on our bus. Without it we can’t take the disabled out.”

To help, you can contact them via Facebook.

* Carnival events continue tomorrow with a children’s disco at the Grosvenor House Hotel on North Parade at 7pm. For the rest of the week visit www.skegnesscarnival.co.uk

Skegness Carnival Queen Ellie Mitchell in the driving seat of a fire engine at the 999 Day on Pier Field. ANL-160817-151422001

Skegness Carnival Queen Ellie Mitchell in the driving seat of a fire engine at the 999 Day on Pier Field. ANL-160817-151422001

Mayoy of Skegness Coun Dick Edginton with Gary Lineker of Alive and Kicking at the Carnival 999 day on the Pier Field. ANL-160817-151514001

Mayoy of Skegness Coun Dick Edginton with Gary Lineker of Alive and Kicking at the Carnival 999 day on the Pier Field. ANL-160817-151514001

Skegness Lions Pat Griffiths and Neil Baxter with Neil's grand-daughter Laura Kimberley raising funds at the Carnival 999 Day. ANL-160817-151528001

Skegness Lions Pat Griffiths and Neil Baxter with Neil's grand-daughter Laura Kimberley raising funds at the Carnival 999 Day. ANL-160817-151528001

National Coastwatch team Christine Young, Russ Hill, Joyce Tierney and Roger Mountain raising funds at the Skegness Carnival 999 Day. ANL-160817-151542001

National Coastwatch team Christine Young, Russ Hill, Joyce Tierney and Roger Mountain raising funds at the Skegness Carnival 999 Day. ANL-160817-151542001

The burger stand did good business at the Skegness Carnival 999 Day. ANL-160817-151453001

The burger stand did good business at the Skegness Carnival 999 Day. ANL-160817-151453001