Model village ‘safe’ in major resort plans

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Skegness Model Village is ‘not under threat in the immediate future’ after being bought by the owners of the resort’s latest aquarium attraction.

Rumours that time was running out for the model village which has entertained generations of visitors have been circulating the town since Teen Spirit Ltd, which owns Skegness Aquarium, acquired it.

Director Katrina Graham said: “We love the model village. There is an expansion programme for the aquarium but for the next couple of years we are planning to expand on the models.”

Last week, the resort’s first Disney-style aquarium attraction started a new way of reeling in customers to keep them going out-of-season with Wednesday coffee mornings. Bumps Babies and Toddlers Under the Sea sessions have also started on Fridays.

Katrina said: “We’ve only been open for four months but we are really pleased with the response and the numbers who have visited us.

“We are aiming to make it a Disney-style attraction as well as an aquarium and it’s very much in its infancy - the fish will grow and there will be a lot more imagination.

“We are bringing a modern-day feel to the resort – why should London have it all?”

There are also plans to rebrand and relaunch the Tower Cinema in Skegness, which is also owned by Teen Spirit Ltd.

Katrina said: “We’ll be announcing details of that at a later date but we need to raise the profile of Skegness.”

In the meantime word is quickly getting round about the coffee mornings.

John and Dianne Antcliff have been coming to Skegness from Derbyshire for 20 years.

Dianne said: “When we came earlier in the season the aquarium wasn’t open, but we’ve been really impressed.”

Sleaford couple Jenny and Dave Travis Bullock had been sheltering from the rain.

Jenny said: “Someone said we should come in to the coffee morning.

“I’m gluten free and couldn’t believe there would be cakes I could eat.”