Despite crowds dampened by the unfortunate weather conditions resulting in the cancellation of the popular firework display, this year’s illuminations event still proved to be ‘as popular as ever.’
The day time activities went down well with visitors and residents who enjoyed the additional street market, new to this year’s festivities alongside a vibrant Punch and Judy show and family fun and games on the beach.
But as the day drew nearer towards the popular evenings entertainment on the beach and afterwards a firework display, plans had to be reconsidered due to the worsening weather conditions.
This resulted in organisers having to make the hard decision of cancelling the firework display, moving the entertainment indoors and switching the illuminations on early to avoid the evenings imminent rain.
East Lindsey District Council’s portfolio holder for leisure and tourism, Coun Adam Grist, said: “This year’s Mablethorpe Illuminations event proved to be as popular as ever with huge crowds of people participating in the daytime activities creating increased footfall in the town.
“Unfortunately, as the day went on it was clear that the weather was not in our favour and it was decided to move the evening entertainment inside.
“As the weather failed to pick up and after consultation with the firework company, events manager, safety manager and stewarding and safety company, the difficult decision was made to cancel the firework display as it was deemed not safe to proceed.
“If fireworks were fired into the strong winds it could have caused debris and smoke to be blown over Quebec Road on to the Circus tents creating a fire risk and making visibility for motorists very difficult.”