Skegness is in with a chance of becoming a town known just as much for major business as it is for seaside fun after a bid was made to host a national conference.
East Lindsey District Council has been working hard to ensure it is chosen by the Royal British Legion as a place to hold its next conference in 2018 and hopes if successful this will encourage other groups to follow and more business to come in.
This in turn will not only encourage greater footfall into the town but also pitch Skegness as a place where business can be done as well as a resort where great shows are held and family entertainment can be found.
James Brindle, Karen Edwards and James Gilbert have been working closely with the Royal British Legion for a number of weeks to ensure Skegness has made the shortlist.
It will go head to head against other shortlisted towns including Belfast, and Bournemouth, when council staff delivered a presentation on why Skegness is best at the RBL’s next conference in Torquay in mid May.
ELDC leader Coun Doreen Stephenson said: “We have demonstrated to the National Conference organiser that Skegness is able to deliver the event.
As part of this process, we have worked closely with the Lincolnshire Royal British Legion, who brought the opportunity to our attention, and supported us in bringing the conference organiser to Skegness to see the facilities first hand, including the Embassy Theatre as a potential conference venue and a number of seafront hotels for delegates. He was impressed with what he saw.”
ELDC communications and consultations team leader James Gilbert said the idea was to bring a new audience to the town and give a huge boost to the local economy.
He said: “We have been filming in Skegness and working on the presentation and we believe we are in with a very good chance of winning.
“After the presentation, delegates will then vote on which town will host their conferences which are held every four years.
“It may seem a long way off but the ground work done now will bring huge benefits for the town for many years to come as the RBL, and we hope other business groups, return time and again.
“We know we can do it and we have worked very hard on proving it. Now we are keeping our fingers very firmly crossed that we win the bid.”