Year in Review: November

The racers entertained thousands over two-days.
The racers entertained thousands over two-days.
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A record-breaking 22,000 spectators turned out to watch November’s beach racing event in Skegness.

The Amateur Motor Cycle Association, which organised the competition, praised the town’s residents and businesses for supporting the event and providing a ‘fantastic welcome’.

AMCA’s general manager Suzanne Potts said: “We’ve had fantastic weather every year and enjoyed a great weekend again, with over 250 riders over the two days and some excellent racing.”

East Lindsey District Council also praised the organisers for drawing so many visitors to the town out of its busier summer season.

Portfolio holder for economic regeneration Coun Craig Leyland said: “With a high influx of people, this event can only be good for businesses and the economy and we look forward to working with the AMCA again in 2013.”

Although the AMCA said after the event it hoped to continue running the beach racing ‘for many years to come,’ Mrs Potts has since warned that without additional funding the association may be unable to do so.

In a letter requesting financial assistance from Skegness Town Council, she wrote: “Whilst the event has been a success in terms of attracting riders and spectators, financially it has not been so good.

“We lost money in the first two years but had hoped that as the event became established year three would see it go into ‘the black’ and start to recoup the previous losses,” she added.

BLAST FROM THE PAST FOR BATEMANS BREWERY...

A vintage ale, which lay forgotten for 35 years hit the shelves again in November after a hidden bottle of it exploded and revealed a ‘taste out of this world.’

Bateman’s Vintage Ale is based on the Wainfleet brewery’s barley wine, which it discontinued more than three decades ago to concentrate on draught ale.

Managing director Stuart Bateman decided to recreate its delicious taste after stumbling upon a bottle of it which his father George had set aside for his 21st birthday after its final production run in 1976.

Stuart said: “Looking at the bottles I didn’t hold out much hope of anything other than vinegar but once we’d managed to remove the rusty crown cap and poured the ale into a glass I was surprised to see it was clean and clear.

“Sipping it down, the taste was out of this world - it was malty, beery, with a wonderful taste of port, brandy, wine and almonds.

“Having worked in this industry for more than 30 years I would still say it is the best beer I’ve ever tasted.”

The ale, which has been described as ‘full flavoured with notes of plum pudding and sherry mixed with rich fruits’ went on sale at Aldi stores across the UK in November.

JOBS BLOW AFTER STORE ANNOUNCES CLOSURE WITH LOSS OF 39 POSTS...

A Skegness supermarket announced in November that it would be closing by the end of 2012 with the loss of 39 jobs.

The Co-operative in the Hildreds Centre blamed the closure on ‘poor trading performance’ but promised it would take ‘every effort’ to help staff find alternative employment.

A spokesperson said: “Staff at the store have been informed of the decision, which has been taken with the greatest reluctance and is due to the store’s poor trading performance.”

Skegness and District Chamber of Commerce chairman Glenis Brown felt the news was ‘very sad’ but hoped the rumours regarding new retailers moving in would offer glimmers of hope for the town.

She said: “It’s sad to hear of those losing jobs - let’s hope those people are reemployed with another retails - we can only hope for the outcome.”

None of the retailers rumoured to be replacing the Co-operative have yet been confirmed by the Hildreds Centre, however the post office branch within the supermarket was confirmed to be relocating to Beales Department Store.