Row erupts over UKIP’s use of the Jolly Fisherman image

9 03 2012

Row erupts over UKIP’s use of the Jolly Fisherman image

Published on Thursday 8 March 2012 09:52

A ROW has erupted over the use of Skegness mascot the Jolly Fisherman in promotional material displayed at a party political conference in the town.

The UK Independence Party (UKIP) hosted its Spring Conference at the Embassy Theatre last weekend, during which posters featuring the iconic character were displayed around Skegness.

Although the hundreds of out-of-season visitors attracted by the conference have been welcomed as an economic boost for traders and hoteliers in the town, Jolly’s inclusion in political material has angered some of his fans.

Mayor of Skegness Coun Steve Kirk, who opened the conference in his apolitical mayoral role, said it would have been ‘cheeky’ for them to use the image without permission.

And Coun John Byford, who has carried out extensive research on the Jolly Fisherman’s history, believes it is inappropriate for the mascot to be used in a political sense.

He said: “It’s always been said that the Jolly Fisherman is supposed to remain politically neutral and that his role is purely to promote the town.”

UKIP’s Chris Pain, however, claims to have received permission to use the image from Skegness town centre manager Stefan Krause.

He said Mr Krause had allowed the image’s inclusion as a means to bring the conference to Skegness, to help put the town ‘on the map’ and finds the opposition to its use to be exaggerated.

Unfortunately Mr Krause is not currently in the country to confirm or deny whether he gave permission to Mr Pain.

If Mr Krause did permit its use without approval he would have been encroaching on the jurisdiction of Skegness Town Council, which owns the copyright on Jolly’s image and is responsible for granting its use. Town Clerk Steve Larner was unavailable for comment.

Source: Skegness Standard


Jolly Fisherman copyright row

9 03 2012

HONOUR and decency is all that prevents Skegness’s iconic mascot The Jolly Fisherman from being used inappropriately and without permission, the town’s Mayor Coun Steve Kirk has admitted.

Following UKIP’s controversial use of the image in promotional posters and leaflets distributed at its Skegness Spring Conference, Coun Kirk was asked what could be done to prevent a repeat.

Speaking in the public session of the council’s latest meeting on Wednesday, concerned resident Ben Peel asked: “Would the council condemn themselves and UKIP for its use of the Jolly Fisherman in their promotional literature and what be done to stop that from happening again?”

Coun Kirk explained that although Skegness Town Council owns the copyright for The Jolly Fisherman’s 1908 image, the image UKIP used was from a later date, for which the copyright belongs to East Lindsey District Council.

Although Coun Kirk said that Jolly ‘should be used as an advertisement for the town and not for any political affiliation’ he felt that it would be difficult to enforce any unauthorised use.

He said: “We would hope that common courtesy and good manners would prevent it from being used without permission but to pursue everyone that uses it is not practical. It’s down to honour and decency – enforcement is not affordable and would not be a cost the taxpayer would approve of.”

UKIP claimed to have received permission to use the image from town centre manager Stefan Krause – a claim he denied at the meeting.

He said: “I’ve no authority to give permission to use the Jolly Fisherman – what I did was point the event organisers towards the responsible authorities – I did not give any permission.”

Source – Skegness Standard

Jolly Fisherman Trail / Walk – Skegness

13 05 2008

Jolly fisherman Trail


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

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