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.





Plaque to honour John Hassall

19 12 2008

Plaque to honour John Hassall – creator of the Jolly Fisherman

Yes – a plaque to honour John Hassall has now been produced (and paid for) by the Town council.
[see article below published in the Skegness Standard back in 2007]

The plaque will be unveiled at the Railway Station in 2009. Full details to follow soon.

John Byford with the new plaque to honour John Hassall

Photo: http://www.stevegould.co.uk

A POSTHUMOUS honour has been suggested for Jolly Fisherman creator John Hassall to coincide with the mascot’s 100th birthday celebrations next year.

At Wednesday’s Skegness Town Council meeting John Byford asked the council not to forget the artist when discusssing the forthcoming celebrations.

In the public session he said: “It was John Hassall’s creation at the end of the day.

“He was given the freedom of the foreshore in 1936 when he visited the town, but since that date we all know his creation has been used a million and one times.

“In recognition of the artist’s work, I’m requesting the town council look at giving John Hassall a posthumous honour, possibly along with a plaque to coincide with next year’s events.”

[b]He suggested the plaque could be paid for with money the council receives when people pay to reproduce the Jolly Fisherman image[/b]

Source: Skegness standard.






A POSTHUMOUS honour for Jolly Fisherman creator John Hassall?

23 02 2008

>>Published Date: 09 November 2007

A POSTHUMOUS honour has been suggested for Jolly Fisherman creator John Hassall to coincide with the mascot’s 100th birthday celebrations next year.

At Wednesday’s Skegness Town Council meeting John Byford asked the council not to forget the artist when discusssing the forthcoming celebrations.

In the public session he said: “It was John Hassall’s creation at the end of the day.

“He was given the freedom of the foreshore in 1936 when he visited the town, but since that date we all know his creation has been used a million and one times.

“In recognition of the artist’s work, I’m requesting the town council look at giving John Hassall a posthumous honour, possibly along with a plaque to coincide with next year’s events.”

He suggested the plaque could be paid for with money the council receives when people pay to reproduce the Jolly Fisherman image

John Hassall - Jolly creator

Photo of John Hassall – artist and creator of the Jolly Fisherman.





Have a Jolly good day and see historic gems for free

23 02 2008

>> Published Date: 07 September 2006

FOR the first time Skegness Town Hall and the Mayor’s Parlour will be opened up to the public.

The council has taken the unprecedented step as part of the Lincolnshire Heritage Open Days – offering free admission to interesting and historical sites.
On Saturday from 10am-4.30pm you will have the chance to see the original 1908 and 1928 paintings of The Jolly Fisherman and many more hidden treasures.
The idea was proposed by Coun John Byford, chairman of the publicity group, for the council.
He said: “This will be the first time the town council and Mayors Parlour will have been opened up in this way.
“The most fantastic piece the public will be able to see will be the original Jolly Fisherman painting by John Hassall. People rarely get to see it, but yet it is such an important piece of the town’s history.”
Other items on display will include a key to the Clock Tower which was handed to the Earl of Scarbrough upon the icon’s completion. The Mayor’s old chains will also be available for inspection.
For those interested in local government there will be the chance to see how the town council works.
Coun Byford said: “There will be several councillors there, including myself, ready to answer any questions. If we can’t answer them we will endeavour to find a man who can.


“If it’s a success hopefully we will do it again next, but we need people to turn up.”Refreshments will be available throughout the day.

Jolly Fisherman

www.jollyfisherman.co.uk – official 100th birthday website