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Tree honours holidaymaker’s love of town

Tree-planting ceremony in memory of Skegness holidaymaker Reg Baines.

Tree-planting ceremony in memory of Skegness holidaymaker Reg Baines.

A tree planting ceremony in Skegness has honoured one of the town’s most dedicated holidaymakers.

Reg Baines, from Nottinghamshire, visited the resort every summer for 69 years.

Family members had planned a special trip to the town to celebrate this and mark his 70th anniversary as a visitor, but Reg passed away, aged 89, in March.

Instead relatives gathered in Tower Gardens last week to hear tributes to Reg and help plant a tree in his memory.

In a dedication, Coun Steve O’ Dare, of Skegness Town Council, said: “If Reg’s spirit is in the tree he will be looking down for a long time.

“In a way this is a sad occasion. It would have been lovely if Reg had been here to mark his 70th year visiting Skegness. Unfortunately he did not quite make it, planting a tree in his memory is a fitting tribute to him.”

Of Reg’s love for Skegness, his niece Judith Sisson said: “Even when he went abroad on holiday, he would still visit Skegness - this was his second home, he loved it.”

 

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