The History of Skegness
1930 - 1939
The History of Skegness through the eyes of Harold Fainlight M.B.E., J.P
First Edition - May 2001
The events recorded below
nearly 70 years after the period of time covered. All apologies are given
for incorrect names, spellings and minor errors. We welcome notes for
correction relating to such errors. Should any name mentioned in this
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Following a social and political life span of over 60
years, dedicated to the prosperity of the resort and its associated tourist amenities, this is the story of the town and its development from 1930 until the outbreak of World War 2 as seen by a local resident and
councilor Mr. Harold Fainlight
M.B.E., J.P. In his 80's Harold remains a delightful person in conversation and remains devoted to his home town of Skegness. Consistently generating bubbling ideas for the future, he also delights in uncovering memories of Skegness of the past, in particular to recall the colourful fairground characters of the day, who were perhaps the founders of modern Skegness. This is his story and that of early Skegness.
Born in 1918 in Brighton, Harold was the son of Charles and Fanny
Fainlight. The family moved to Putney, Eastbourne, Great Yarmouth and eventually, at the age of 14, Harold's
family moved to Skegness. Charles Fainlight was a trained diamond
mounter, but misfortune in business caused the family to move north where he was involved in market business in
Lincolnshire. In Harold's words "It seemed a pretty remote place to us - anything further north than Watford was another world".
The family's first home in Skegness was situated in Drummond Road, now an area of small hotels and guest houses. Then (in 1932) an area of Skegness comprising large homes, mainly privately owned by people living in the Midlands, perhaps used as second "holiday" homes. Harold suggests that he may have lived in every house on Drummond Road at one time or another.
He often reminisces of his early driving days - at the age of 14! In
Harold's words, "When I was about 14 years of age, I had my first
driving lesson. I took this on Winthorpe Avenue. A friend asked if I
would like to learn to drive and offered to teach me in his 2 seater
Bull Nose Morris with an open rear "dickie". I went up to the
top of Winthorpe Avenue, reversed and then went into forward gear and
down the Avenue. That was the total sum of my driving lessons. I acquired
first of all a Bull Nosed 4 seater and then a Windsor saloon. We lived on Drummomd Road at the time. The car was often difficult to start.
Sometimes it was shortage of petrol. Occasionally we would need to
remove the spark plugs and warm them on the gas stove. Other times we
would push the car down the side road to the garage to get a mechanic to
"crank" the starting handle. We could buy petrol at 9d (4p)
for a gallon then".
The first family business venture in Skegness
was situated at Butlins Pleasure Beach (prior to the creation of
Butlins Camp to the north opening in 1937-8), now Skegness (Bottons)
Pleasure Beach, located on Grand Parade Skegness. Here Charles
leased a opened small cafe, and named it "The Sunshine Snack
Bar". The location was facing Skegness Pier, at the north
side of the park, then named "Mugs Alley". Possibly
serving a thousand cups of tea a day, the cafe opened early
morning, catering for visiting miners from Nottinghamshire,
Derbyshire and Yorkshire. In Harold's words "They were used
to rising early and welcomed our morning tea !" Success
prompted the family to purchase another established cafe a short distance
away, then known as "Moody's Cafe"
The menus in the 30's generally comprised egg sandwiches, hot pie & mushy peas, plus a good variety of cakes. To drink, tea, lemonade, limeade, cherryade and dandelion & burdock were served. While
"Vimto" was highly popular, neither Coke nor coffee were a menu option and
(possibly barely heard of). Fish &
Chip meals were being pioneered, but at that time, popularity was still well over the horizon. Most food and drink products were produced locally, including the soft drinks by
local supplier "Bellamy". Tea was 2d (two old pence - 1p) per cup. A jug of tea was 6d (six old pence 2 1/2p) per jug. A 2/6d (12 1/2p) deposit was levied on jugs and cups to ensure safe return!
.Neither plastic bottles nor cans had been
invented and most drinks were sold in glass bottles. Empty
bottles were never found on Skegness beach owing to a refundable
1 old penny paid upon the return of an empty bottle. Any
discarded bottles were quickly collected by
local youngsters eager to collect the return money. Clearly an
indication of a golden period prior to the modern throw away society. Ginger beer
was commonly sold in small earthenware parallel bottles, not
dissimilar in shape to some traditional glass bottles still available
The land where the amusement park was located was leased from Skegness Urban District Council by the late Sir Billy Butlin. The original perimeter facade was constructed from any available timber which was covered with chicken wire, and rendered with cement and plaster to provide a rock like appearance. A little paint provided the desired finish.
The park generated its own 110 Volt electrical power and simple cables were passed over all of the side shows and attractions. Harold delights in recalling how wires were "bared" and cables were simply wrapped around to provide lighting - switches were not necessary in those days!
The original "Big Dipper" then called "Figure of Eight" was constructed by a local joiner Mr.
Stamper. While limited, commercial fair ground rides were becoming available, at that time most side shows,
rides and other attractions were "home grown".
Larger rides included Dodgems, the first in Skegness (it is suggested that Mr. Butlin had acquired a global U.K. franchise for the supply of Dodgems). Mont Blanc (a car ride), Caterpillar, (a circular caterpillar shaped carriage with a canvas cover that opened and closed as the ride rotated). The park boasted of Water
Dodgems, an aquatic version of the conventional ride. Operators were reputed to have been provided with thigh boots and worked waist deep in water, while electricity flashed into the vertical contact poles from the overhead "live" chicken wire.
Harold takes much pleasure in recalling the colourful and side shows, and the operating characters that made the park such a wonderful place to visit in those days. It was perhaps the combined variety and ingenuity of the smaller games and exhibitions that provided the real fun of the fair. Inventive but simplistic ideas amazed many a visitor at that time.
Here are but a few examples awaiting visitors of the 1930's:
| Professor Bodie
A character who dressed in black leather. Using
ultra high electrical voltage to generate enormous electrical sparks his exhibition amazed all. His show comprised a series of electrical tricks - including, treating his audience with several unexpected electric shocks! The culmination was to invite an unsuspecting member of the audience to remove a ("live") baby doll from a tub of water!
|Al Capone's Automobile
The original armoured car that once was owned by the American Gangster.
Two young albino girls both having exceptionally white skin, white hair and pink eyes. To attract
a crowd, they would play "Glockenspiel" on a small stage at the front of
the exhibition. Having attracted a curious audience, visitors were then
invited into the small theatre at the rear, to see the full show.
Comprising a snake pit, the attraction was occupied by large snakes plus a pretty young girl. Add the beat of Tom
Toms, and the scene was set!
|Sale of Sheet Music
Unusual show comprising a young professional pianist and a grand piano. The musician (known as "Curly" because he was completely bald!) took pride in entertaining his audience, and then offering for sale copies of his sheet music - 6 songs for 6d (2 1/2p).
Some conventional dart boards, and other grossly oversized boards up to about
5 feet in diameter that made winning appear so easy, especially when
oversize playing cards were pinned to them.
|Spider and the Fly
A highly inventive game, owned by Joe Trevis, (a character who was 4'0" tall). Joe was reputed to be one of a few who owned a motor car at that time. It was recorded that when driving, all that was visible of Joe was his
Trilby hat that he always wore.
The game was played by 12 persons, each controlling a winding wheel. At the rear of the stall was a large spider's web, around which a "fly" was constantly moving. 12 spiders were located on twelve spokes radiating from the centre of the web, initially, dormant on the web's outer perimeter. When the game began, participants wound the wheels, causing the "spiders" to slowly move to the
centre, closing in on the fly. The first spider to intercept the fly was the winner. However, there was a governor coupled to each winding wheel that influenced the movement of each spider. Although the instinct was to wind as fast as possible, this did not always produce winning results, if the winding was too fast, the governor caused the respective spider to
slow down considerably or stop altogether.
Ingenious game for two where model horses were wound around a shallow vertical drum, providing a winner and looser. The stall operated by Bill Smith was reputed to always be the last to close at night - Bill had provided himself with a 6 volt battery and personal lighting! There were also several other variations of this theme.
A simple but interesting circular stall for 12 players. 12 model
aeroplanes were fixed to the perimeter of an over head wheel. The stall
holder loaded a dart "bomb" to each aeroplane.
Each player had a "bomb" release trigger controlling the dropping of his bomb. As the wheel rotated, the player
released the "bomb" that was expected to fall onto a target that was calibrated with numbered sections.
The player with the highest score was the
winner and as such, received a prize.
It is reputed that a "local", Albert Toynton became so proficient at this game that he was
possibly barred from the stall!
Harold recalls that each target was made from
paper and was changed periodically when there were so
many dart holes in it, it could no longer be used.
|Sausage Jack's 10 Ping Pong Ball Stall.
A simple game where 10 Ping-Pong balls were lined up at the top of a slight gradient
behind a holding louvre that was controlled by the user. At the bottom
of the slope was a series of numbered chutes that each ball could enter
when released. If the sum of the numbers had a certain value, the player would win - perhaps very few ever did !
Sausage Jack also produced a variation of this game where unbalanced metal containers were rolled down a similar slope dropping into a series of holes. Because of the imbalance, it was unpredictable as to where the balls would eventually finish. Simple but highly entertaining.
Yet another variation to the 10 Ping-Pong ball game was the laughing
clowns. A series of pot clown heads each with an open gaping mouth were
placed across the front of the stall. The heads oscillated slowly, left then right (similar to a person shaking his head). A Ping-Pong ball was placed in the mouth of the clown, which rolled through to a chute - similar to the above.
|Roll a Penny
An old penny (1d) was rolled do a fluted slope onto a grid of small squares. Each square had a number engraved into it - the sum (in pence) that could be won if the coin came to rest in that square. The catch - the coin must be fully inside the square to win!
|Buntie Pulls The String
A prize every time!
An array of prizes were displayed at the rear of the stall. At the front of the stall a player was presented with a multitude of strings suspended from the stall roof. Each string was attached to a prize by means of small
overhead pulley wheels. The player pulled a string of his choice that lifted his winning prize. Were the better prizes ever coupled to the hanging strings ? We will never know!
Win a packet of cigarettes.
Two packets of (Ten) cigarettes were placed vertically on a billiard table, a ball width apart. In order to win a packet of cigarettes the player needed to knock down both packets with one ball - all but impossible!
The game was simply called "2 down wins 1".
A variation was to pace a billiard ball in a small circle on the table. On top of the ball, several 1d (old one pence) coins were carefully placed and balanced. To win, the player needed to strike the ball with the cue ball and knock a coin out of the circle. Simple - try it - all but impossible !
There were several varieties of rifle ranges varying from 2.2 rifles to cork guns.
The rifle stall, then run by a Mr. Starbuck needed to convert to air-rifles in the 1960's when public usage of rifles became illegal.
With respect to the cork guns (a variation of the "pop gun"), corks were fired at cigarette packets placed on a shelf at the rear of the stall. In order to win, the packet needed to be knocked off of the shelf by the cork. There was perhaps a small optical illusion, that made the game far more difficult that it first appeared, plus presumably if the packet just fell over, that was not counted as a win!
A fore-runner of the modern "Scalectrix". A marvellously designed "figure of eight" circuit with model racing cars constructed by an engineer.
|Andy The Sea Lion Man
A side show run by a character who had both arms
below the elbow. He always had a fully dressed "Nurse" in
constant attendance. During his act Andy would simulate a Sea Lion, catching small fish thrown to him by the audience.
|Piano Playing Marathons
During this period it was not uncommon to perform non
stop piano playing sessions to attempt to break the current record of the day.
Harold recalls seeing such sessions being continuous day and night.
one of Harold's favourite stalls. This was a game for 12 players.
Prizes were explicitly displayed at the centre and rear of the circular
stall. Lights would randomly flash in a "Noah's Arc" model feature, that was divided into 12 randomly illuminated squares. Each square depicted a different animal. The winner was the player
who's respective animal was illuminated when the random lighting effect stopped.
Bearing in mind this was the thirties, this is perhaps a
forerunner to the modern gaming machine. The young Harold Fainlight is pictured left.
|Man Or Beast
A walk round exhibition designed by Harold. Harold explains that he purchased from Fleet Street, London, press photographs of unusual happenings from locations throughout the world. He recalls a graphic photograph of a man who's face
was fully covered with hair, hence the caption "Man or
Beast". Another example was the "giraffed necked"
tribe women. There were also vivid pictures of natural
disasters, for example volcanic eruptions and earth quakes.
There were some 300 images displayed on mounted boards within
At the end of the display, the audience were
invited to pass through a door to view
the "cherry coloured cat" and the "Egress". To the amazement of the audience, they emerged
from the exhibition at the rear of
Harold explains that this had
two effects: audience were never seen to leave the exhibition, and, that
clients could not reveal the secrets of the stall
to those entering!
Footnote: Look up
"Egress" in a dictionary if you are
not sure of its meaning. In Harold's words "All
cherries are not red - some are black!".
Billy Butlin also had his own game stall, where a winner could win a budgerigar, a very valuable and prestigious pet in those days. His game comprised a large array of goldfish bowls into which a Ping-Pong ball needed to be thrown to win a small prize. To win a budgerigar, a ball must be thrown into a vase at the rear of the stall, a very difficult proposition!
Truly, the side shows were that backbone of the park, the hustle, colour and all of the atmosphere and fun of the fair. Most visitors knew that they could outwit the stall holders and take many prizes, but
possibly few did.
The stall holders were true professionals in their own light. If business was poor, it was not unusual for
"blaggars" to verbally promote business from passing visitors by calling terms such as "Aye - Aye - just a minute" or "Under the Arm !". It was also common for pretty young girls to operate stalls and to entice young males to try their luck.
The park was dotted with colourful fortune tellers and other similar interesting characters.
To catch the last penny, various "slot machines" were located in strategic positions. In Harold's words "There were wonderful
automatic machines - you could put a penny in and watch a man being
hanged! The grave yard scene showed skeletons jumping out of the graves
and all kinds of other frightening apparitions. There were two football
games where the model men would kick their feet and knock the ball from
one end to the other".
Other larger attractions included "Butlins Zoo", containing various animals that included Lions, Monkeys, Porcupines, caged birds and many more. It is reputed that in the quiet winter months, it was common to hear the roar of the lions a considerable distance inland.
Also exhibited was also the "Smallest Horse Alive". Harold revealed that this was in fact a Shetland pony that was groomed and shaved daily
to provide the appearance of a small horse! The zoo was managed by a
"Captain Carl Barrington", a colourful character, dressed in
western clothing complete with a Stetson hat and Custer style beard.
to the zoo was a side show containing a massive pig some 10 ft to 12 ft
in length. Undoubtedly "The Biggest Pig in the World".
The "Crazy House" was located at the South entrance to the park. A crazy shaped building, hiding a delight of unexpected booby traps and hidden features.
the attraction was accessed via a maze of narrow internal winding corridors. The feature concluded with a "Cake Walk", a crazy moving walkway plus an unexpected upward blast of cold air leaving many a young lady (wearing a loose summer dress) considerably embarrassed!
A popular "Helter Skelter" and "Mirror Maze" were also located on the Park.
Apart from the Fainlight family cafe businesses there were also other
food outlets on the park. Harold recalls "The Automatic Chipper". A
remarkable predecessor to modern fast food ventures. Hungry visitors
would place 3d (1p) in a slot located in a
board across the front of a stall. To the delight of the visitor, a bell
would ring and (by magic or automation) a bag of chips would drop to an
opening at the bottom of the "machine". The
visitor did not see ladies frying chips behind the façade and dropping
the finished product into a delivery chute after hearing the bell ring when a coin drops into the "machine"!
A similar "fortune telling machine" was also operated by similar means, a personal horoscope "automatically" popping out of the
bottom of the "machine" after presenting it with personal
In describing the people of those days Harold refers to all as wonderful
people to work and associate with. Some were entrepreneurs, some were
showmen. Most made a
honest living, some came for the holiday season and were more proficient
in providing short change than any service they provided.
In Harold's words "Times were not good in the Midlands then, and
lots of people came to Skegness hoping to make a living. They were
really not "show people" - just ordinary folk, but they
brought some marvelous attractions to Skegness".
All were characters who provided a foundation for the modern Skegness of today.
Moving the topic of conversation from the amusement park to the adjacent pier, Harold recalls memories of
"Dare Devil Peggy" and "Dare Devil Leslie", a father and
son team (surname Gadsby). Both performed, diving into the sea from a
high board located at the head of Skegness
Pier (unfortunately this section of the Pier was destroyed by storm in
1978). Dare Devil Peggy only had one leg (hence the name
"Peggy", perhaps derived from "Peg Leg"). Leslie had a hand missing. The culmination of the act was
Peggy taking his high dive to the sea wrapped in a burning sack!
The Image (right) is of Peggy's dive, probably from
the higher board. Peggy is shown in mid air at the extreme right of the
image, the original photograph clearly showed one leg. Counting the
rungs of the ladder (just visible under the life belt), and estimating
the height of the diving board in relation to the height if people on the pier, we
can assume that the height of the high board was perhaps 80 to 100 feet
above the water surface.
Other points of interest in this image are the glass
partition at the pier head. The pier theatre was later constructed to the left side of this location. The advertising banners located
adjacent to the life belts displayed "Don't let weakness cramp
your style Drink Bovril", and (as far as we can interpret from the original image),
"Get in the swim you'll survive - Drink Bovril and Milk".
Assuming that the tide was at its highest, Peggy
would have had in the order of 16 feet to 20 feet of depth of water, (subject to swell), to
break the fall..
When asked what happened to all of these characters after the holiday season, Harold explained that the "holiday" season in those days lasted for about 6 weeks only, perhaps 10 at the most. After the
summer season most fairground characters moved on to inland fairs for example Goose Fair at Nottingham and other venues. Skegness out of season was all but deserted,
but there was a thriving local population of about 9,000 people ( year
2000 approx. 21,000). Most main shops remained open throughout the winter period. It was very
common to find most of the public houses all but empty.
Referring to the visitors travelling to Skegness in
those days, Harold recalled them arriving in thousands, most having saved money, perhaps for a whole year for one day with the family in Skegness. The majority arrived by rail and some came in
charabancs. It was not unusual for up to 60 trains per day to arrive at the town. Skegness even had its own railway turn table. Trains arriving in the evening were also very common, returning visitors late at night following a night out in the town.
In the 30's, holidays "with pay" did not exist
and while many took a holiday from work for a
week, most could not afford to do so. It was not uncommon for an
entire work place to organise a group outing. Alternatively it was also very popular for whole families to visit the town, that is mother, father, granny, grand dad, uncle Tom Cobley and all!
Apart from the funfair and miles of golden beach, local pubs were always popular destinations for many arriving in the town. The "Lumley" (still located opposite the Railway Station) was reputed to have stocked the bars with pre-filled beer glasses in
order to meet the demand of mass visitors arriving or departing via the
Railway Station - especially for those needing a quick last drink prior to returning home.
Most visitors staying for a week took their holiday in a "Boarding House", where landladies provided breakfast, lunch and evening meal (sometimes referred to as "high tea"). A point of interest was a charge made for the cruet - if holiday-makers required salt,
pepper and vinegar on the dining table, the cost was an extra 6d (2
1/2p) per week for use of the cruet set!
Visitors were not encouraged to stay indoors at their accommodation. Landladies generally only welcomed visitors at meal times and following the evening meal, all visitors were expected to "go out". Consequently, evening shows at the Arcadia Theatre (now long gone) were very well
patronised, as were local public houses. Other entertainment venues
of the day were, the Pier Theatre (at the head of Skegness pier), The
Parade Cinema, The Tower Cinema, The Lawn Cinema, The Kings Hall and The
The Kings Hall was located in Scarbrough Avenue, and
was part of a complex comprising a theatre, indoor swimming pool, and
public "baths". Owing to few boarding houses having bathrooms,
visitors would generally bathe in the Kings Hall complex.
Sea water was used for washing and special soap was provided for use
with saline water in order to create a lather. Harold recalls seeing the play
"Murder in the Red Barn", at the King's Hall, the main actors
being Ted Slaughter and Maryah Martin. The King's Hall also doubled as a
dance hall. The complex was privately owned by a Mr. Parker.
Unfortunately all was destroyed by enemy action during World War 2.
(Year 2000 the location is a car park).
Moving on to accommodation at that time, the
main quality hotels were "The Seacroft Hotel", "The Vine Hotel", "The Pier Hotel", "Lion Hotel" , "Hildreds Hotel",
"Imperial Hotel", "County Hotel" , "Marine Hotel"and "Lumley Hotel".
The Cafe Danson (now long gone) was situated on
Tower Esplanade, where afternoon Tea-Dances and Evening Dances were very
popular. Dances were also held at the Suncastle, afternoons and evenings.
The Suncastle was so named, owing to the roof being constructed with
Vita Glass. Vita Glass allowed Ultra Violet light to penetrate the
interior of the building, thus enabling visitors to "tan"
under cover, the effect was also supplemented by ultra violet "Sun
Lamps" that enhanced the environment. Internally, the Suncastle was
decorated with Palm Trees, which in those days was a unique and exotic plant.
The Embassy Centre, then known as "The Piazza" was owned by Skegness
Urban District Council, and was leased to a Mr. Morris. It comprised a huge dance hall. Over the main door and
dance floor was a Minstrel Gallery where a
small orchestra would play popular music. The owner Mr. Morris, would
sit on a raised dais in order to overlook the whole area. The dance
floor was surrounded by tables and chairs. Immediately upon arrival and seating, a visitor was
approached by a waitress who would take an order for coffee - then
costing 6d (2 1/2p). After two or three dances, having drank the coffee,
Mr. Morris (from his raised location) would
direct respective waitress to persuade visitors to re-order. The cost of dancing was obviously covered by several cups of coffee !
Harold theorises that many holiday romances must of began at such dance venues.
The Winter Gardens, located at the North End of North
Parade, were used during the summer months
as a Circus the operator being a Mr. Jowles. It was not uncommon for top
international Circus artists to perform at that time in this venue.
Harold recalls that for publicity,
several elephants were commonly seen on the beach playing cricket, the
bat being held by the trunk. Another elephant would be the bowler! A large wicket was erected, behind an elephant wicket keeper. To complete
the facade, each elephant wore a cricket cap depicting its own team colour!
Places of Entertainment in Skegness 1930 - 1939
Central Cinema (Year 2000 - Central Bingo)
Parade Cinema (Year 2000 - Amusement Arcade)
Lawn Cinema (Year 2000 - site of Hildreds
Arcadia Theatre ( Year 2000 - Car Park)
Kings Hall (Destroyed by bomb World War 2 Year 2000 - Car Park)
Pier Theatre (Destroyed following Storm 1978)
Winter Gardens (Year 2000 - North Shore Bingo, The Street & Arcades)
Cafe Danson ( Year 2000 - site of
Imperial Ball Room
The Sun Castle
The Piazza (Year 2000 The Embassy Centre)
Tower Cafe (Year 2000 - a night club)
In year 2000 the following venues remain in original usage:
The Sun Castle
Tower Cafe (Renamed as a nightclub)
The only remaining theatre is "The Embassy
Centre" (formerly "The Piazza" above), now owned and managed by East Lindsey
Harold recalls how local initiative was employed to
For example, many young "locals" would await the arrival of trains and offer
to transport arriving visitor's luggage to respective accommodation
("luggage on the barrow madam"). A small financial "tip" (depending on the generosity of the visitor) was paid to
the "barrow boy" for the transport service. At the most there were only
one or two taxies or landaus in Skegness , which very few visitors could afford.
Another smart financial idea of the day was the supply of planked
walkways enabling visitors to cross the many creeks on Skegness beach. For a few
"coppers", visitors could reach the sea without wetting their feet.
Empty bottles provided a
good source of income for the young - collected and
returned to source for 1d per bottle, ensuring that few broken bottles were
ever found on Skegness beach.
Beach vendors commonly operated on Skegness beach selling
cockles, mussels and other sea food.
Camera operators (who offered to take instant family
photographs) always worked on the water's edge,
paddling in the sea. This was simply because Skegness Urban District Council's Beach Inspector had no jurisdiction to prevent trade beyond the water line. Thus the
photographers seldom wore shoes. Pictures taken were developed within
minutes at the scene. Visitors were presented with a card photograph
which they were told to keep from direct
sunlight until the picture was fully developed. Harold recalls that such
pictures were of very good quality for that period.
Another attraction was the works of an artist who
produced impressive World War 1 relief sculptures on
the beach. Viewed from Skegness Pier visitors would enjoy
impressive works of art and would throw small change onto a sheet spread on the sand below. Harold recalls the size of the exhibits
were some 10 to 12 feet square and were very impressive and of excellent quality.
Similar to today, donkeys operated on Skegness beach, delighting
both children and adults alike.
Harold describes these days as the "Glorious days of Skegness" which sadly, to come to an abrupt end with the outbreak of World War 2.
Men were called to war and the beaches were lined with anti invasion
defences. Visitors ceased to arrive and the
town prepared for a far different future.
Butlins Holiday Camp was transformed into a Naval training base and was
renamed HMS Royal Arthur.
Sadly Harold passed away in 2005, when
Skegness lost a dedicated statesman whose ideas and lifetime work
provided much to the ongoing success of the resort. Thus we are proud to
dedicate the page as a tribute to Harold Fainlight MBE, JP. 1918 - 2005
A brief history - 1875 - Current
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