Our town has ‘plenty to offer’

Photographs for Caravanners' Companion, Lincolnshire coast guide. Skegness
Photographs for Caravanners' Companion, Lincolnshire coast guide. Skegness

The mayor of Skegness has defended the town after it failed to gain a spot in a new list of the UK’s top 25 beaches.

Speaking about the list, which was published on Trip Advisor, Coun George Saxon said: “It has not ‘missed out’ on a spot as reported.

“Our beach is one of the finest in the world.

“It’s a Blue Flag beach, always clean and we have some marvellous things. It is safe and great for the kids to have a paddle.

“How would we manage without Trip Advisor? I’ve just printed off a list of 19 cracking reviews about Skegness yet others like to go and have a moan on it.

“We’ve got so much coming up here - including the introduction of the new alpacas at Natureland and the Skegness Triathlon. We’ve also got a magnificent new viewing centre at Gibraltar Point. We are doing okay without Trip Advisor.”

Coun Saxon pointed out that in a previous survey by Visit England, Skegness came in as the fourth most popular UK holiday destination.

The ‘Travellers Choice’ list on Trip Advisor placed Woolacombe Beach in Cornwall in the top spot.

East Lindsey District Council’s portfolio holder for leisure and tourism Coun Adam Grist has also been singing the praises of the Skegness, saying there is plenty for the whole family to enjoy.

He said: “Skegness continues to provide one of the finest traditional seaside holiday experiences available anywhere in the UK and puts a smile on the faces of the millions of people who visit the resort each year.

“Skegness is a magical place for many families who have holidayed on the coast here for generations, enjoying the award-winning beach, the Fairy Dell Paddling Pool and quality fish and chips with the taste of salt in the sea air.

“In 2015 Skegness will once again boast the internationally renowned SO Festival as well as new illuminations experiences into the evenings. The Embassy Theatre has an impressive line-up for the season ahead and the aquarium development is well on its way to providing yet another reason for people to visit. Without a doubt, Skegness and the wider Lincolnshire coast remains a popular and exciting place to visit.”