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Cleethorpes Charter Day – a day to celebrate all that’s good about the seaside resort

6:44 am, Tuesday, 19th September 2023 - 9 months ago


In 1936, King Edward VIII granted Cleethorpes Charter status.

Today, many years on, the day is still firmly fixed in the minds of resort residents who have championed Cleethorpes – and who celebrate its emergence as a leading east coast resort with a wave of improvements taking place.

In the last few years, Government grants and local investments have seen many changes along the seafront and through the town and there is more to come following the creation of the Cleethorpes Masterplan which provides the shape of the resort’s future development for the years ahead, including three key sites, the old Waves site opposite the pier, Pier Gardens and the Market Place.

This year, Charter Day will be marked with a service of commemoration outside St Peter’s Church on St Peter’s Avenue.

People are invited to come along to the short service outside St Peter’s church at 1pm on Saturday 23 September followed by light refreshments at the Town Hall.

As part of the celebrations, there will be a free exhibition at Cleethorpes Town Hall from 10am to 4pm about life in the holiday resort in the 1920s and ‘30s years, a period that witnessed both economic hardship and great technological and social progress.

The topics covered will include education, local shops and businesses, and the new landmarks that were built during the period, including the Electricity Showrooms, Darley’s Hotel and the Ritz Cinema.

The exhibition will also feature some of the new institutions that opened in Cleethorpes in that time, including the new public lending library and Croft Baker Maternity Home.

Visitors will also be able to examine photographs of the First World War presentation tank, which was a prominent feature of Thrunscoe Recreation Ground between 1920 and 1928.

The display will also include photographs of the New Cliff Steps, which opened in 1938, and items connected with the aviator Bernard Martin, who ran a pleasure flight business from the beach at Cleethorpes in the 1920s.

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