Join campaign to protect Fairy Dell in Skegness for future generations

The Fairy Dell has been loved for generations. ANL-180705-122505001
The Fairy Dell has been loved for generations. ANL-180705-122505001

Residents in Skegness are being invited to submit their memories of the Fairy Dell so the much-loved paddling pool fountain can be protected for generations to come.

A working party has been formed by Skegness Town Council to campaign for the fountain to be listed as an “asset of community value”, following a motion by Coun Gary Ellis.

There must be decades of photographs and memories of happy times spent there.

Coun Steve Kirk

The Fairy Dell, which is situated on the Southern Foreshore, has been attracting visitors since the 1920s. When it was closed by ELDC on health and safety fears in 2004, campaigners from as far away as Australia voiced their dismay. Taxpayers joined forces with the council in a campaign supported by the Standard to save it and it re-opened after major refurbishment in 2006.

Coun Steve Kirk reported on the progress of the working party at Wednesday’s council meeting.

In spite of recent reassurances by East Lindsey District Council (ELDC) leader Craig Leyland that the authority has no plans to shut down the popular, free paddling pool, Coun Kirk reminded councillors and members of the public who were present that there were no guarantees after the local elections in May next year.

“What we need are as many examples of why the Fairy Dell and its fountain should be listed as an asset of community value,” he said.

“There must be decades of photographs and memories of happy times spent there.

“We need as many as possible sending to us - whether it is a copy of a photograph or a screenshot from a page so we can compile a folder of evidence.”

Anyone who can help should email items to info@skegnesscouncil.org.uk