VIDEO: Skegness social club’s sad farewell

A long-established social group for retired professionals have met for the last time because of dwindling numbers.

Surviving members of the Skegness Civil Service Fellowship gathered for a farewell dinner at Williams Bar in Lumley Road today.

Members of the Skegness Civil Service Fellowship at their farewell dinner. ANL-160714-155300001

Members of the Skegness Civil Service Fellowship at their farewell dinner. ANL-160714-155300001

Among the dozen men and women there were retired employees of the Department of Work and Pensions and former officers in the RAF and Navy.

Many of them had retired to the resort from all over the country and had found fellowship and fun within the group over the 25 to 30 years it has been established.

Once attracting 30 to 40 members, Kevin Horrigan said: “This is a very sad day for us. Unfortunately we have lost a few members through bereavement and some are moving away or are getting too sick to come along.

“It was a hard decision to make - we are such a close-knit group. People will go north, south, east and west and we may not see them any more.

“But we decided to mark the occasion by having a final meal.”

Treasurer Irene Taylor has been a member for 13 years. She said: “Today is very sad. Members have come and gone but it’s been very sad.”

Not all is lost though for the members living locally. Keen bowler Kevin meets his bowling friends at the pub for coffee on a Wednesday morning.

He said: “The group is getting quite big and now some of the members from here have said they would like to come.”