Jolly Fisherman statues to remain in the town

Jolly with Tony Tye.
Jolly with Tony Tye.

A pair of Jolly Fisherman statues will remain in Skegness - after they were handed to the town rather than going for auction.

The statues were set to be part of an auction of almost 200 local seaside items also featuring illuminations which had previously lit up 
Skegness and Mablethorpe seafronts.

However they have now been handed to the Skegness Town Partnership much to the delight of member Tony Tye, who is also the Skegness Chamber of Commerce chairman.

Mr Tye said that ‘the spiritual home of the Jollys is Skegness’ and that the Skegness Town Partnership would happily take custody of the iconic figures by putting them to good use and restoring them.

Town manager Lisa Collins said: “We are really pleased that we are keeping them in the town.”

She said they would now look to involve the community in how they should be used and sited.

A spokesman for East Lindsey District Council, which owned the statues, said: “Following a request from the community, the council withdrew the two Jolly Fisherman figures from the auction and handed them over to Skegness Town Partnership, which intends to use them as part of its ongoing work to promote 
the coastal tourism 
offer.”

CJM Auctioneers, who conducted the online auction, said the response to the auction had been ‘tremendous’, with the majority of lots sold as people bid to buy their very own piece of seaside 
nostalgia.

A spokesman said: “Over 60 parties physically viewed the auction but by the time the sale began closing, over 170 people from the UK and Europe had registered to 
bid.

“We had both private and commercial bidders, including other seaside resorts and we believe some of the illuminations will find themselves at other resorts this summer.”

Lots also saw interest from restorers of vintage illuminations and private collectors – and total 
sales reached more than £30,000.

Notable lots in the auction consisted of a large board-mounted rope light, moving Jolly Fisherman display with timer, and arms that fold in for transport, which sold for 
£216.

A pair of illuminated 240v cats sold for £710, and a 240v three section halogen illuminated countdown display system, recently used at illuminations switch-ons in Skegness, with pedestal button and cabling sold for 
£295.