Year in Review: February

A snowy Jolly Fisherman.
A snowy Jolly Fisherman.

In February the weather continued to make the headlines, this time it was the falling temperatures which were making the news...

The Siberaian deep-freeze sent the mercury in Skegness plummeting to as low as -11 at points, leaving dozens of local roads virtually impassable.

However, the continued cold snap during February delighted many local children, who made the most of school closures and the winter wonderland scenes during the month.

Residents across the local area made the most of the heavy snowfall and the Standard’s news desk was inundated with snapshots of our readers enjoying themselves in the snow blizzards.

Although away from the family fun, during the worst of the deep snow and heavy drifting it brought chaos to the region’s roads and transport links; as Stagecoach had to cancel all services in and around Skegness.


Two snooker fanatics chalked up over 53 hours of continuous play in the hope of breaking a World Record and raising money for a worthy charity.

Jason Carter and Tom Bone, both from Wainfleet, cued off in an attempt to break the record of 50 hours.

And they managed a staggering 53 hours, five minutes and 56 seconds, to smash the previous best and gain the Guinness World Record certificate.

“It was really tough going but we got through. The first 20 hours seemed to go on forever but we kept on going even though we began to feel very bizarre with the lack of sleep,” said Tom.

In fact, the lads managed to complete 184 frames of snooker over the time, compared to the 114 frames the previous record holders managed.

The pair, who both play in the Skegness Snooker League, chose to not only attempt the record but also raise money for Help for Heroes and join in on a massive community fundraising effort in Wainfleet.

“Our knees and bodies began to ache,” added Tom

“But that is nothing compared to what the heroes have to live with - we can recover from this.”


With the arrival of Eve, the rare icelandic seal in January, Natureland was blessed with the arrival of another rarity to keep her company,

This time a beautiful North Atlantic Puffin was washed up along the shore in Skegness - hundreds of miles from its bird colony.

Although birds like this can be found in Scotland during the winter months, it is unusual to find them in these parts during February as they only normally migrate to Norfolk and local areas around March.

The staff at the Natureland Seal Sanctuary gave the bird time to relax and recuperate.

They then allowed it to then make its way to Norfolk, to catch up with its kind in time.