Trade soars in Cleethorpes thanks to glorious weekend weather
TEMPERATURES were not the only thing rising over the weekend as some businesses in Cleethorpes saw their trade soar.
As families and friends flocked to the seafront to soak up the glorious British weather, many independent businesses benefited from it.
And, with local Twitter weather expert @weather-grimsby predicting temperatures of around 16°C – with a mix of sunshine and showers for the bank holiday weekend, it is hoped the upturn will continue.
The Leaking Boot fish and chip restaurant, Kingsway, Cleethorpes, saw its trade almost triple across the weekend and manager Gemma Rex said she was delighted with the much-needed boost.
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She said: "It was almost like a bank holiday for us – we were just rushed off our feet.
"I think a lot of people are making up for the miserable weather we have previously had over the May bank holiday and through Easter.
"We just had a constant stream of people in and out of the shop on Saturday and Sunday.
"Most people took their fish and chips away with them to eat on the seafront, but we did have the odd few who ate in.
"For me this weekend has kick-started my summer and, with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee just around the corner, I hope the success in trade continues. I am looking forward to all the events planned for the jubilee and I hope it attracts more people into the resort."
Ice cream parlour owners were also pleased to see so many visitors lapping up the sunshine.
Staff at Jonny Donuts and Olivers, in Cleethorpes, believed their trade almost doubled over the past few days.
Owner Jonathan Dacombe, said: "Trade went up all last week, which was great news for us.
"If the sun is out then we make money – how can you complain about that?
"Over the weekend the resort was packed. Normally the car parking bays on the seafront begin filling up by 11am but my staff were struggling to find spaces at around 9.30am.
"People are just taking advantage of the nice weather while it lasts, which helps businesses as they then spend more money."
Also taking advantage of the influx of visitors was Francis Wood, one of the owners of Ginnie's Guest House, in Queen's Parade, Cleethorpes.
He was full with guests over the weekend and already has bookings for people staying over the jubilee bank holiday.
He said: "Cleethorpes has lots of upcoming events with the jubilee, scooter rally and Armed Forces Day, all of which will bring people back into the resort.
"Not only is it good for tourism but also for my businesses, as people book a room to stay longer. And why wouldn't you? Cleethorpes is a fantastic place with lots to see and do."
Humber Coastguard also had a busy weekend with more than 20 calls across the area – although they were all resolved.
Simon Hendry, watch assistant, said: "It was a sunny weekend and a busy one but most of our calls involved missing children.
"Beaches get really busy when the sun comes out so it can be difficult to keep track of children.
"Make sure that you arrange a place to meet them if they get lost.
"Also, keep a close eye on them if they are on dinghys or lilos, as the tide or the wind can easily take them too far out."