Skegness to auction seaside illuminations

Jolly Image copyright CJM Auctioneers
Image caption Two versions of the Jolly Fisherman, illuminated and fibreglass, are available

Dancing fishermen, pumpkin houses and two giant cats are among lots being auctioned off in Lincolnshire.

The seafront decorations are among nearly 200 lots being sold by East Lindsey District Council to save tens of thousands of pounds.

After years of greeting visitors in Mablethorpe and Skegness, they have been replaced by a private contractor's own displays.

The council said the new contract would cut the current £100,000 costs by half.

The collection includes three Jolly Fishermen - the mascot of Skegness - along with shooting stars, trains and fibreglass toadstools.

Image copyright CJM Auctioneers
Image caption The cats are described as "very sixties art deco style"

Also on sale are van, platforms and attachments used to set up the displays.

Paul Cooper of auctioneers CJM Asset Management said: "We're expecting the auction to attract a lot of interest. The displays were bespoke creations, so they're one-offs.

"There is a fabulous range of subjects on offer. We can do you clowns, rockets, trains, cartoon characters, witches, octopuses, fish, you name it.

"Many of the panels are animated, with things happening - birds fighting over a worm, rockets soaring into the air and all that sort of thing. Clever stuff."

Lots can be viewed at the council's depot on the Burgh-Le-Marsh Industrial Estate on 14 April while the online auction is scheduled to close 12:00 BST on 16 April.

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