Sirens were sounding loud in Skegness today - but for once it was all for fun and not because there was an emergency.
Hundreds of people poured onto the Pier Field for what could be the final Carnival 999 Day on the site - subject to Premier Inn getting permission for their hotel plans.
Among the visitors were many locals, who told the Standard their children loved the event and they went along every year.
For the emergency services who keep the coast safe and other charitable organisations who support the community, it was the opportunity to promote what they do and raise much-needed funds.
East Lindsey’s Chief Insp Jim Tyner was seen recruiting some young visitors as members of his policing teams spoke to visitors about their work along the coast. The Holmes family from Winthorpe took the opportunity to sit in a police car and others grabbed the chance to sound the siren.
Brianna Brown, 11, was at the stand with mum Natalie. She said: “We’re staying with grandma at Chapel. It’s a great event.”
National Coastwatch staff who monitor the east coast from their base at the Derbyshire Miners retreat in Winthorpe were at the event to raise munch-needed funds.
Clive Pouncey, station manager, said: “We’re raising £30,000 for a new station in the grounds, which is a huge project. So far we have about a third of what we need.
“We’re here today to raise our profile so we can encourage more volunteers, as well as to raise money.”
Also raising funds was the Alive and Kicking group, whose volunteers support people with learning disabilities and take them out on trips.
Volunteer driver Gary Lineker said: “We need to raise about £700 to repair the tail lift on our bus. Without it we can’t take the disabled out.”
To help, you can contact them via Facebook.
* Carnival events continue tomorrow with a children’s disco at the Grosvenor House Hotel on North Parade at 7pm. For the rest of the week visit www.skegnesscarnival.co.uk