Book’s trip into the past

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AN ELABORATE collection of archive photographs, capturing the changes of the last century in Skegness, has been released.

The book was written by the late Winston Kime and also Ken Wilkinson of Skegness, who was on hand to give an exclusive book signing in the town’s WH Smith store last Friday.

Skegness Past & Present celebrates the town’s heritage and it takes a nostalgic look at Skegness and reveals the changes and developments that have taken place over the years.

Over 90 photographs are compared and contrasted throughout and changing modes of fashion, transportation, shops, businesses, houses and public buildings, feature heavily within.

Many of the images have been drawn from family albums, local collections, professional photographers, and the collection will bring back many memories for visitors and residents alike, believes its publisher, The History Press.

Ken Wilkinson, who is a keen historian, took this book project on after the sad death of Winston Kime in 2010

Mr Wilkinson lives in Winthorpe, Skegness. Mr Winston Kime, born in 1912, worked for Skegness Urban District Council before his retirement, and in 2001 he was made an Honoured Citizen of Skegness.

As a keen historian, he wrote his first book Skeggy in 1969 and has since had 16 books published, of which 10 were on the subject of the town.

The last publication, The Skegness Date Book, was released in 2006.

Other books include Skegness In Old Photographs and The Lincolnshire Seaside.

At the age of 98, Mr Kime was still busy working on Skegness Past & Present when his health failed him, but determined that the book be completed, he asked for the assistance of his friend Ken Wilkinson.

Sadly Mr Kime passed away a few months later, after which his family also requested that Ken take over the project.

Ken then spent 10 months working on the book during 2010, transcribing Mr Kime’s handwritten notes, taking present photographs and researching the town’s history.

The book is available from The RNLI Lifeboat shop, Skegness and Murrays Newsagents in Lumley Road, for £12.99.