Mayor receives Skegness tribute

The Mayor of Skegness Coun Jim Carpenter recieves a presentation of a block of wood from a Nottingham residents' association.
The Mayor of Skegness Coun Jim Carpenter recieves a presentation of a block of wood from a Nottingham residents' association.
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A disadvantaged group of Nottingham residents have shown their appreciation to Skegness - their favourite seaside resort- during a special presentation in the town.

Members of the New Meadows Tenants and Residents Association recently donated a block of wood to the town to be carved into a sculpture representing the ties between the two communities.

Group secretary Pat Thomas said everyone had a fantastic time and felt it a great way to honour their number one holiday destination.

*If you could ever say there was a perfect day, this was it,” she said, “We come from a poor area and one of the men in the group said he had not been away for three years - Saturday was his holiday and he loved it.”

The wood, which was presented to The Mayor of Skegness Coun Jim Carpenter last Saturday, came from a collection of lime trees that had grown in the New Meadows estate until they were felled to make way for a new tram line several months ago.

Not wishing to see the trees go to waste the group rescued 45 of the trunks, which they have been using to make totem poles, telling stories from their community.

“It’s opened up a big cavern full of treasures and stories,” said Pat.

One of the most well received ideas for a story was written by a young boy from the estate who told of a fun-filled day out in Skegness.

As many of the members shared a similar fondness for the seaside town, the group decided to organise an excursion to the coast using funding provided by Nottingham City Homes and to make a presentation of timber to the mayor.

Coun Carpenter said he was ‘proud’ to receive such a thoughtful gift, which he hoped could be put to good use.

“They clearly love coming to Skegness and we should really do what we can to keep those links going,” he said.