A gift for Jolly

27 01 2009

The Jolly Fisherman was recently presented with a framed print in recognition of his commitment to the town of Skegness during the 2008 Birthday celebrations. The frame was supplied and paid for by ELDC, with images from John Byford (moonhead.co.uk)

You can download the poster free of charge (for private display only – NOT for re-sale DOWNLOAD

Photo below: 20×30 inch poster being presented to the Jolly Fisherman last week at the Town Hall.





Jolly Fisherman at Meadowhall – Sheffield

27 01 2009

SHOPPERS at the Meadowhall shopping centre, Sheffield, had a special visitor when the Jolly Fisherman spent a weekend promoting Skegness. Jolly, Skegness Myor Coun Neil Pimperton and Skegness town councillors joined staff from Butlins, Skegness, to advertise the town as a holiday destination. Coun Pimperton said: “Skegness has always been one of the great traditional British seaside resorts. All the old favourites are still here and still very popular, but so are modern attractions such as skateboarding, kite surfing, a seal sanctuary and nature centre, many large indoor venues and a fantastic night life.” They handed out copies of the Skegness holdiay guide which were eagerly taken by passing shoppers.

Photo: John Byford – www.moondead.co.uk





Party in the park – Jolly Fisherman

17 07 2008

Everyone invited!

THE Jolly Fisherman’s 100th birthday celebrations continue this month with a special party in Tower Gardens on July 27 and Jolly has invited everyone to come along and have fun!

The party is billed as an exciting free family afternoon by the sea with mascots from many popular holiday destinations joining the famous Fisherman for music, fun and games.

Guest compare, John Marshall from Lincs FM, will kick the event off at 2pm with music being provided by the Royal Anglian Military Band and Skegness’ Silver Band, which is also celebrating its 100th birthday this year.

A Jolly Fisherman look-a-like competition, judged by Jolly himself, will take place with young people encouraged to don their favourite wellies, blue jumper and red scarf. Those entering will get a piece of Jolly’s birthday cake and the winners will receive a special prize.

No seaside party would be complete without Punch and Judy shows and Pongo the Clown will entertain the children too.

Tower Garden will have a selection of stalls providing ice creams and other tasty treats.

The Mayor of Skegness, Councillor Neil Pimperton, encourages everyone to come along: “Everyone associates fun with Skegness and in particular with the Jolly Fisherman. The birthday party provides families with a cheap afternoon out by the sea and an opportunity to enjoy lots of free entertainment With Jane MacDonald switching on the resort’s illuminations the night before (July 26, 2008) it promises to be an action packed weekend on the coast.”

Please see the full birthday party itinerary below.

10am to 5pm – Local Charity stalls, BBQ, Mobile Skate Park, Bouncy Castle and to Children’s rides operating throughout the day.

1pm Prior to the commencement of the Party, Musical Entertainment provided by The Royal Military Band.

2pm John Marshall, Lincolnshire FM Radio Presenter, to compère the event throughout the afternoon beginning with a welcome to everyone attending Jolly’s Party and introduction of Characters and Mascots from around the area.

2.10pm “Arrival” of the Jolly Fisherman

2.15pm Song and Dance featuring the Lisa Jay Stage Institute

2.30pm Punch and Judy Show

2.45 to 3.30pm The Royal Military Band

3.00pm Join the Characters in a game of Musical Statues – A Prize for everyone taking part

2.45pm to 3.30pm Preliminary judging of all entrants to the Jolly Look-a- Like Competition – Every entrant will receive a very special Jolly

3.15pm to 3.45pm Pogo the Clown entertains – featuring Mix and Mingle, Balloon Modelling etc. etc.

3.45pm Presentation of the “Freedom of the Foreshore” to the Jolly Fisherman to and the cutting of his birthday cake

3.55pm Presentation of prizes to the winners of the Target Newspaper’s Jolly Poster Competition

4.05 to 4.30pm Pogo the Clown’s Special Magic Show

4.00 to 4.20pm Final judging of the Jolly Look-a-Like competition and prize presentations

4.30pm Skegness Silver Band entertains

Come and join in all the fun and help celebrate Jolly’s 100th Birthday together with his friends Dino the Dinosaur, Billy Brewer, Tower Mouse, Rocky Alligator, Pirate Pete and lots more.





Original manuscript of Jolly Fisherman found!

7 06 2008

IN honour of the Jolly Fisherman’s 100th birthday this year, we have been asking our readers to send us their Jolly memorabilia. Coun John Byford sent us a picture of the vellum, an orginal manuscript written on calf’s skin, presented to John Hassall in 1936 in recognition of his creation.

Coun Byford explained Mr Hassall was also awarded the freedom of the foreshore by Skegness Urban District Council, which entitled him to free use of things such as the cinema and deck chairs.

Coun Byford is going to Essex to pick up the original vellum so it can be displayed at the Skegness Civic Society’s Jolly Exhibition in September at Skegness Town Hall.

For more information / larger image please visit: Jolly’s website





All Aboard the Jolly Fisherman

7 06 2008

Photo by John byford – moonhead.co.uk

All the fun of the seaside came to the Bradford district to mark the 100th anniversary of a special train that used to run to the coast.

The Jolly Fisherman service started operating in 1908 and connected the district and other parts of Yorkshire to the resort of Skegness.

To mark the train’s centenary, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway pulled out all the stops to recapture the spirit of the service.

The Butlins Red Coats were out in force on Keighley station, and were joined by Skegness’ resort mascot, the Jolly Fisherman.

Even the Mayor of Skegness, Councillor Neil Pimperton, had made the journey to the railway to be part of the historic occasion.

In front of hundreds of rail enthusiasts, the Jolly Fisherman service blasted out of Keighley behind two diesel locomotives – a pair of class 20s – that used to operate the train in the 1980s and 90s.

The spectacular sight launched the railway’s diesel gala, which runs throughout today and tomorrow.

The yard outside Haworth engine shed had rarely looked so busy as seven visiting diesels, from as far afield as Devon and Carlisle, joined the railway’s resident fleet of engines.

Tim Moody, organiser of the diesel gala, explained that the weekend represented a quadruple celebration of anniversaries.

Mr Moody, of Haworth, said: “We are celebrating many things this weekend. First and foremost, it’s the 40-year anniversary of the railway being re-opened as a branch line in 1968 by volunteers.”

To celebrate the landmark, Mr Moody said a mainline locomotive, 37087, had been named Keighley & Worth Valley Railway – 40th anniversary.

He said: “Also, this year marks 20 years since our first diesel gala which was in 1988 and ten years since Direct Rail Services, a mainline freight operator from Carlisle, have been sending locomotives here.

“But the oldest of them all is the Jolly Fisherman which is 100 years old this year. Significantly, we have got two of the locomotives here today that used to run to Skegness and were used by many enthusiasts to go to the seaside. We have even got a cake to celebrate the Jolly Fisherman’s 100th birthday.

“The train isn’t running to Skegness today, just to Oxenhope, which is nearly the same!

Coun Pimperton, who led the team of delegates from Skegness Town Council, said: “Last year we were approached by the railway for the 40th anniversary.

“Skegness owns the original plaque with the Jolly Fisherman logo on and they asked if they could use it for the anniversary. They also said they would be delighted if the mayor and a party could come and be involved in the action of the day and it has been absolutely fantastic.

“We have been treated with courtesy and everyone has been fantastic.”

source thetelegraphandargus.co.uk





(does) John Hassall owns copyright to his Jolly Fisherman creation

31 05 2008
John hassall copyright
QUESTIONS were raised about who owns the copyright of the Jolly Fisherman at the annual town council meeting.

Skegness Town Council has always said it owns it and charges people who want to reproduce the image of Jolly running along the beach.

Coun John Byford said the poster and the copyright of the John Hassall poster was given to Skegness Urban District Council by British Railways in 1966

He explained SUDC signed all its assets were signed over to the newly formed East Lindsey District Council in 1974 under a transfer of property order which meant the new council owned everything down to the last paper clip.

But Coun Byford questioned the ownership even further saying as artist, John Hassall could own the copyright until 75 years after his death, which would mean until 2023. He said: “So while British Railways gave the original painting to the SUDC in 1966, did the railways have the right to pass on copyright as it may have not been theirs to give in the first place?” I believe the copyright of Jolly belongs to the artists estate.”

Town clerk Tony Cumberworth said he felt the copyright was British Railways’ to give because it had commissioned the poster by Hassall.

He said: “That’s my stance and the stance the twon council and district coouncil should take.
“Unless we get into an expensive case in law we would never know.”

Former town clerk Alan Crawshaw said there was documentation stating the copyright belongs to the town council and was retained after the handover to ELDC.





Jolly Fisherman Trail / Walk – Skegness

13 05 2008

Jolly fisherman Trail

Photo: moonhead.co.uk

100 young Jolly Fisherman’s join in birthday celebrations

SKEGNESS’S Jolly Fisherman will launch a special trail around his resort on May 21, 2008, and 100 young Jolly Fisherman’s will join him to mark his 100th birthday.
100 pupils from Skegness Infant School, which is also celebrating its 100th birthday this year, will don their favourite blue jumper, wellies and red scarf, as Jolly takes them on a tour of Skegness’ most famous landmarks, including his own statue, which sits in Compass Gardens. Compass Gardens is also home to a special plaque given to the Jolly Fisherman by the Infant School earlier this year and it will give students a chance to see it in situ.
After the launch event, residents and holidaymakers will be able to take a bracing walks around the trail with a guide available free from the town’s tourist information centre, opposite the Embassy Theatre.

guide Download Trail Leaflet

Visit Jolly’ website