A Skegness historian was ‘flabbergasted’ to be honoured for her tireless work revealing intriguing stories from the town’s forgotten past during a surprise presentation earlier today.
Barry Robinson of the Skegness Skegness Facebook group arranged the secret presentation for Angela Gooch at his Lite Bites cafe on Roman Bank.
“This is all for you Angela, for the work and everything you’ve done uncovering Skegness history,” said Barry.
Angela had been asked to take photographs at the mystery event but was shocked to learn she was its guest of honour.
“This is absolutely unbelievable, I just did not expect this at all,” she said.
Presenting Angela with her plaque, the Mayor of Skegness Coun Jim Carpenter said it was a ‘real pleasure’ to have been invited.
“It’s a bit of an honour to be asked here today,” he said.
“I do read everything you do with Skegness Skegness - I take a bit of an interest in looking at Skegness over the years because I used bring coaches here 40 years ago and it brings back memories of those times so we both benefit out of that.
“It’s a real pleasure today to be asked to come here and present you Angela with this plaque.”
Angela has spent many an hour trawling through old newspaper clippings and public records to reveal fascinating stories about Skegness’s history.
Recent achievements include her work discovering former Skegness Jesse Handsley’s involvement with Scott of the Antarctic’s brave Polar expedition. Her work with Jane Handsley, who believes she may be a relative of the explorer, inspired Skegness Town Council to honour Mr Handsley with a monument in Compass Gardens.
She also uncovered new information about the Jolly Fisherman’s history and its creator, John Hassall’s artistic efforts to illustrate him a wife, when he reportedly made a sketch while staying at the County Hotel.
“I’ve enjoyed every minute of it - it’s been an absolutely fantastic journey,” said Angela.
Angela has also thanked Barry and the Skegness Skegness administrators for arranging the presentation as well as Coun Carpenter and the Deputy Mayor George Saxon for attending the event.
Coun Carpenter and Coun George Saxon were the next guests in store for a surprise when Barry presented them both with a Jolly Fisherman mug to say thanks for the council’s efforts and cooperation with his Facebook group.
“I will try not to criticise you too much on Skegness Skegness in the future,” said Coun Saxon.
“That’s Brilliant - thank you very much,” added Coun Carpenter.