Lincolnshire's lively coastal resorts owe their popularity to the coming of the railways.

Cheap excursion tickets meant working class Victorians could afford a day at the seaside. The famous poster of ‘The Jolly Fisherman’ skipping across the sands of Skegness was first used in 1908 to advertise a special three-shilling excursion from Kings Cross.

For decades during the 20th century, factories and mills across the midlands closed for an annual summer 'factory fortnight'. Thousands boarded trains or crammed the family car with suitcases in anticipation of fun-fair rides and fish and chips on 'Skeggy's' famous seaside front, and candy-floss and amusements on the pier.

These days Fantasy Island offers the fairground thrills, and just a stroll from the esplanade and pier are the seals, penguins and tropical butterflies at Natureland. The blue flag beaches at Skegness, neighbouring Sutton-on-Sea and Mablethorpe are great for swimming, picnics and building sandcastles. Whatever the season, the coastline of Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve offers a breathtaking diversity of wildlife.

Between July and August, Skegness hosts the annual spectacular international SO Festival when the seafront and streets are filled with world-class dance, arts, music, entertainers and theatre. The claim to fame of Mablethorpe's Bathing Beauties Festival is as the longest 'linear' arts festival in the world.

Postcards from Lincolnshire - then and now

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