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Jolly good prank...or just a mess we have to clean up?

Keeley, Scarlett and Kelila-May enjoy the bubbles from Skegness's Jolly Fisherman fountain.

Keeley, Scarlett and Kelila-May enjoy the bubbles from Skegness's Jolly Fisherman fountain.

The Jolly Fisherman has always been a bubbly character - never more so when soap is added to the famous water feature in Skegness’ Compass Gardens.

This quirky shot of a very ‘bubbly’ Jolly Fisherman was recently sent in by Louise Clapham of Northamptonshire.

Louise and her family spent some time in Skegness when visiting close family to find the Jolly Fisherman all in a lather.

However, such expoits involving the iconic figure leave glum faces at the offices of East Lindsey District Council (ELDC).

They warn, this seemingly harmless act of mischievousness is jolly costly fun.

The famous Jolly Fisherman certainly put a smile on the faces of visitors to Skegness for the day as Louise’s daughters, 13-year-old Keeley, three-year-old Scarlett and eight-year-old Kelila May took a care-free approach when they found someone had created the bubbles.

Louise did however spare a thought for the local council workers who had to clear up the area afterwards, posting from her Facebook account: “ELDC’s got a cleaning job to do since some one had fun with the bubble bath.”

ELDC spokesman Marie Williamson said: “While we appreciate the sight of a frothy Jolly Fisherman can seem like a bit of light-hearted fun, there is unfortunately an underlying cost to taxpayers for the clean up operation. There is also the period of time where the fountain cannot be operational and enjoyed by visitors to Compass Gardens as the pump and filters need to be cleaned.”

 

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