Saucy seaside artwork in Cleethorpes praised by In Bloom judges
SAUCY seaside drawings are part of the heritage of Cleethorpes.
That is the official view of judges of the East Midlands In Bloom competition, who particularly praised the attraction when awarding Cleethorpes a gold earlier this month.
As reported, four paintings by local artist Carl Landymore were erected by the Cleethorpes In Bloom committee, but NELC officers said the four postcards were "offensive" and ordered them to be removed from Alexandra Road.
This is despite them being placed alongside a painting produced by the council to promote recycling, which shows a couple with their recycling boxes, remarking: "The council says we should do it twice a fortnight".
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Now, they have made a comeback to the seafront, and Cleethorpes In Bloom chairman Bob Callison is pleased In Bloom judges praised the artwork.
He said: "They thought it was typical seaside humour and part of the heritage of Cleethorpes.
"We are proud of them. For the judges to see them and think they are a 'wow factor' and see that they are part of the seaside and say 'well done' shows they have taken notice."
The paintings were bought by local businessman Terry Proctor, who put them on display at his Oddballs Crazy Golf Course, just yards from where they were initially positioned. Mr Proctor said: "It is a fantastic attraction for my course, and will give customers something to have a laugh at."
For North East Lincolnshire Council, deputy leader and Councillor for Croft Baker in Cleethorpes, Councillor Mick Burnett said: "The judges will not have known that the postcard drawings did not have planning permission.
"We are the planning authority and have to act within the planning regulations.
"The judges who came to look at Cleethorpes for the national competition will have seen all the things that Cleethorpes has to offer.
"Cleethorpes has more to offer than just saucy postcard drawings."