It was just SO much fun at fringe festival

Jessica Oliver, three, having her face painted by Marcia Smith, 17. Photo: MSKP-200615-15.jpg
Jessica Oliver, three, having her face painted by Marcia Smith, 17. Photo: MSKP-200615-15.jpg

The SO Fringe Festival unleashed barrow loads of fun at Skegness Railway Station on Saturday.

There were reenactments of the old barrow boys’ tradition, featuring performances by local actors, who looked back to the time when schoolchildren made homemade handcarts to transport holidaymakers’ luggage to various B&Bs and hotels.

The Jolly Fisherman with new Skegness ambassadors Angie Meffen, Marty Wilson, Julie Sadler, Claire Day and Graham Cummings. Photo: MSKP-200615-4.jpg

The Jolly Fisherman with new Skegness ambassadors Angie Meffen, Marty Wilson, Julie Sadler, Claire Day and Graham Cummings. Photo: MSKP-200615-4.jpg

The barrow boys’ service – later joined by girls – can be traced back to the early post World War Two years and continued until at least the 1980s, dying out as a result of cheaper taxis and greater car ownership among visitors.

On Saturday passengers were welcomed by music from Skegness Silver Band and had a chance to meet the famous Jolly Fishermen.

Fun for youngsters included a chance to have their faces painted.

• Following massive redevelopment works funded by partners including Lincolnshire County Council, Skegness Station has been transformed into a major asset for the town.