Parents' disgust at attack on pirate ship
DISGUSTED parents have slammed the vandals who caused such severe damage to a popular play attraction in Cleethorpes, it will be out of action for the rest of the summer holidays.
The wooden pirate ship, which is located in the sand pit at the resort's boating lake, was fenced off after arsonists set fire to it on Tuesday evening.
Although the outer frame of the structure is still intact, the inside has been severely damaged, making it unsafe for children to play on.
The damage is expected to take between six and eight weeks to repair.
Gemma Tagg, 24, of Cleethorpes, who brought her niece Sienna Turner, 1, and nephew Lleyton Burton, 6, to the sandpit, said: "I just think it's disgusting. It is the kids that are missing out in the summer holidays.
"My nephew loves playing on that boat. It's not fair. It's going to cost the council money to repair it as well, so everyone is losing out. Whoever has done this is scum."
Her friend Dawn Short, 24, of Cleethorpes, who was with her three children, said: "I bring them out here every holiday when it's warm.
"They love it, especially playing on the boat. My two-year-old Caitlin is really upset she can't get on it.
"It's absolutely disgusting what these people have done. It always seems to happen in the holidays as well."
Heather Leadbeater, 39, of Caistor, said: "I think it's really sad because the boat is the main focal point of the sandpit. They've spoilt it for everybody else. It's shocking.
"We came last year and it was cordoned off then. It just ruins it for all the children. When we bring the kids they all look forward to playing on it."
Her son Thomas Pettifer, 12, said: "It's annoying because when I come here I look forward to going on it. We've been digging holes in the sand, but I would have enjoyed playing on the boat a lot more."
Heather's friend Sarah Lusby, 40, also of Caistor, said: "It's just such a shame for the children because it's something they all enjoy playing on.
"Then, of course, you've got holidaymakers coming, and they expect it to be fully functioning and it's not."
A mother and grandmother, who did not want to be named, said: "They love it down here. I just can't believe it has happened. It is disgusting. Why would they want to vandalise a children's play area? It is absolutely outrageous. The imbeciles in this town who are responsible need locking up."