YEARLY REVIEW - MARCH: Kayak rescue, new school build and star visits

An artists impression of the plans for the Beacon Primary Academy. EMN-141222-170245001
An artists impression of the plans for the Beacon Primary Academy. EMN-141222-170245001
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The £3.7 million project to build a new school in Skegness got under way.

Builders sprung into action on the Beacon Primary Academy after the cutting of the first turf by Lincolnshire County Councillor for children’s services Patricia Bradwell.

She said: “At a time of rising birth rates and pressure on school places it will bring-much needed extra capacity for children in the Skegness area.”

l The office of National statistics published a report labelling Skegness the UK’s most deprived seaside resort.

l Skegness welcomed its new town manager, Lisa Collins, who was setting her sites on breathing new life into the economy of the town.

l Work began on Blue Anchor Leisure’s new 140 static caravan site, Holmesmere, in Chapel St Leonard’s.

l Cricket star Shane Warne visited Skegness Grammar School to deliver a series of master-classes to pupils.

l Skegness’ Lifeboat crew were involved in a dramatic rescue as lifeboats and an RAF helicopter were scrambled to help a kayaker in trouble with his teenage grandson. The former had fallen into the sea about half-a-mile off Anderby Creek.

The rescue marked a successful rescue for newly-qualified helmsman Craig Hopkins.