This article is a great insight into the entertainment on offer in Skegness in 1883.
The ‘Baths’ referred to are, of course, the Scarbrough Avenue Turkish Baths. These, as we know were attacked by bombs during World War 2 and demolished in the 1950s.
Swimming Entertainment Pier Head
On Saturday evening last Professor Ellingworth, who is giving swimming lessons daily at the Baths, gave a grand display of ornamental swimming at the Pier Head in the presence of a large and fashionable audience, and on Monday afternoon last he gave an entertainment at the Baths, consisting of fancy swimming with feet and hands tied, and smoking under the water, dressing and undressing while swimming etc.
There was a large attendance and the feats preformed by the Professor were greatly admired.
Source: Skegness Herald 24th August 1883