SKEGNESS is set to rejoin the ranks of other illustrious seaside resorts this weekend when it holds its first major party political conference for decades.
The Standard recently reported that UKIP will hold its Spring Conference in the town this coming weekend (March 2 and 3).
And with the major event now just days away, UKIP members and local dignitaries have spoken of their hopes that the conference will help put Skegness back on the political map.
UKIP’s Boston & Skegness chairman, Chris Pain, said: “Although it is UKIP’s spring conference, it will be the first major political party that has come to the resort [for many years].
“Hopefully it will open the door for other parties and companies to follow suit.
“Several hotels are already fully booked and it will bring a well-needed early boost to the town’s trade, with over an extra 1,000 people expected in the resort over the two days.”
Skegness Mayor Steve Kirk is set to formally open the conference on Saturday.
The independent councillor is delighted that a political conference is once again being held in the town.
And he believes it will give local hoteliers a welcome boost ahead of the tourist season.
He said: “Whatever anyone’s political view it’s good to have people flocking into the town.
“Conference-goers have to stay somewhere, so it’ll provide us with a nice little boost before the season starts.
“I hope their conference heralds more like it in Skegness in the future.”
Tickets are available for the public at the Saturday event, which will run between 10am and 4.30pm. They cost £20 per person.
The full line up of speakers can be viewed at www.ukip.org.
Issues expected to be addressed include wind turbines and their impacts on sea beds, EU migration, the finanical impact of the bank bailouts, education, and raising the threshold where people pay tax on wages to £11,500.