Year in Review: September

The RNLI attended more call-outs in 2012.
The RNLI attended more call-outs in 2012.

Skegness RNLI was the second busiest lifeboat station in the north of England during the summer, the charity announced in September.

With this summer being the wettest for a century, most stations across the region were quieter than usual, however call-outs in Skegness were up on last 
year’s 27 launches, with 30 rescues recorded.

Press officer Russ Matthews said: “It actually felt like quite a quiet year so I was rather surprised to see how busy we actually were.

“Skegness is always a busy station, as a popular holiday destination, as soon as the sun comes out we get a flood of people coming to the sea and the beach.

“We had two fairly major call outs this season, one in August when the Poacher all weather lifeboat attended two people in a yacht, who were exhausted trying to get from Lowerstoft to Hull.

“And we also had five people who had broken down in a rigid inflatable off the Norfolk coast.”

Earlier this year the charity was pleased to announce it would be taking delivery of a Shannon class lifeboat in 2016 to assist in its vital life-saving work.


The Janice Sutton School of Dance graced one of the world’s most famous stages - Her Majesty’s Theatre in the West End - after a scout looking for performers for a charity show was blown away by their latest ‘Two Tickets to Broadway’ shows at the Embassy Theatre in Skegness.

The director and producer of the one-off West End charity show had travelled to the Lincolnshire coast to scout out two possible song and dance routines for their London extravaganza on September 23.

But they were so impressed by the Janice Sutton dancers that the two routines they had intended to offer the youngsters instead doubled to four!

And they danced to a sell-out crowd in the West End show, which was being held to raise money for brain tumour charities.

And in a second moving honour for one Skegness girl, the Janice Sutton School dedicated their large segments of the show to inspirational local teenager Starr Halley, who has fought a brave battle against a brain tumour herself.

Starr has moved many people with her determination after being diagnosed with the tumour in 2009.

Her inspirational fight saw her win the honour of carrying the Olympic flame in Skegness in June.

And her beaming smile and fantastic spirit on the day were one of the reasons for the dance school’s moving decision.

Janice Sutton said: “The show is in aid of children with brain tumours, and I was so inspired by Starr Halley’s turn in the Olympic torch procession that we have dedicated our performance in London to her.”


Far-right political organisation the National Front hosted a demonstration against proposals for a halal slaughterhouse in Skegness.

The group said around 150 of its members attended, however other eye-witness accounts and police estimates suggested only 50 or so were present.

Although there had been strong local opposition to the Islamic method of slaughter on animal welfare grounds, only a handful of Skegness residents attended the demonstration.

Key speakers at the event included National Front deputy chairman Kevin Bryan and long-term nationalist politician Richard Edmond.

In their speeches they accused the ‘local council’ of ‘giving in to pressure’ by permitting the Heath Road abattoir to carry out halal slaughter.

East Lindsey District Council was keen to point out it has no role to play in the site’s licensing.

When news of the demo was first announced, it sparked shock from local dignitaries, who were appalled that the far-right were going to be descending on the area. Speaking about the planned march when news first emerged, the Mayor of Skegness Coun Mark Anderson had aired fears that the group’s visit might be used to spread ‘racist propaganda’.