A MODEL of the Jolly Fisherman could be obtained in town shops in 1994 — thanks to local amateur artist and sculptor Diane Brealey. Mrs Brealey found that a small statuette of him could not be obtained in the town’s shops, so determined to change things.
“We all love the Jolly Fisherman — he is Skegness,” said Mrs Brealey.
The Mayor of Skegness, Coun John Shaw, had been very enthusiastic when he was presented with the first one. He had chosen one with a light blue sweater because he was a Manchester City supporter, she said.
In November of 1993, the town council gave her the go-ahead to produce the statuettes, so she employed a sculptor to create a mould to produce the fine alloy Jolly Fisherman figurine.
She has formed a company with the name of Martin’s Miniatures Ltd. She presently supplies two shops in Lumley Road — the House of China and Lowndes — but hoped to expand to other shops.
Picture: Diane Brealey, left, and daughter, Debbie, display two of the Jolly Fisherman models, with the Jolly Fisherman in Compass Gardens, Skegness, in the background.
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