Clock Tower Island Built

There appears to be no articles or photographs in the local newspapers covering the building or an opening ceremony of the Skegness Clock Tower Island, so a little detective work was needed to pin the event down. From the related articles I managed to find, the event happened in Spring/Summer of 1959. (See below for the stories.)

The photograph below shows the construction of the Island in progress.

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The first reference I found to the Clock Tower Island was in the Skegness Standard dated 7th January 1959, which announced that work was due to commence shortly:

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This photograph appeared at Whitsuntide, 1959, but it doesn’t look as if work had been started on the Clock Tower Island…

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Then, without further reference Hey Presto…the Clock Tower Island is now complete! The photo below formed part of a story published on 12th August, 1959, covering the Diamond Anniversary of a Diamond Anniversary monument. Other than the Mayor of Skegness ascending the stairs inside the Clock Tower to perform a ceremonial winding of the clock, there seem to have been no pomp and ceremony for the 60th anniversary of the Clock Tower, nor the completion of the new surrounding island. I really thought the Council would have buried a time capsule to mark the occasion. But maybe it did…see my post entitled Clock Tower Mystery Find

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This photo printed in the 14th October, 1959 issue of the Skegness Standard shows the Clock Tower Island completed.

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