Help make Christmas extra special

The organisers behind a new programme of festive events in Skegness have urged businesses and residents to show their support and make this Christmas extra special.

Skegness Carnival Committee has arranged a number of new festivities enticing shoppers to visit the town’s late night shopping events after its popularity had waned over recent years.

Chairman Kris Bell hopes the committee’s Lantern Parade, Live Nativity and Magic World events will help draw visitors into the town centre instead of shopping online for all their gifts.

He said: “The appeal of late night shopping seems to be diminishing now that people can shop online 24/7 so we are trying to encourage people to visit the town centre and engage in the festive atmosphere by putting on a range of entertaining events.”

Mr Bell hopes Skegness residents will show their support for these events to help create a sense of community spirit during Thursday’s late night opening for the benefit of businesses and the town itself.

He has also urged shopkeepers to remain open during the late night shopping events to provide a wider choice for shoppers visiting the town centre on those evenings.

He said: “Not all the businesses have stayed open in past years which has let the events down - this is an opportunity for the shopkeepers to take advantage of the late night shopping and engage in it more.”

The committee has also appealed for volunteers to help with he organisation of some of the events, to keep children safe and ensure everything goes to plan.

“If people contact me with their availability and various abilities I can find out what events we can use their help at,” said Mr Bell.

The first event planned for the committee, the St Martin Lantern Parade takes place on Thursday, December 6, for more details see page.

Other planned festivities include a Magic World event involving a talented magician on December 13 and a live nativity on December 20 attended by a menagerie of live animals including donkeys, llamas, camels and ponies, to which visitors are encourage to bring their own pets.

To volunteer your services to the committee contact Mr Bell on 07742 413675.