Cleethorpes Borough flag raised to celebrate 85th anniversary of Charter Status
Today (Thursday 23 September) marks the 85th anniversary of Cleethorpes being granted the Charter of Incorporation, which saw it move from an Urban District to a Municipal Borough.
On this day in 1936, crowds lined the streets of the town to celebrate what is considered to be one of the most important dates in its history – which wouldn’t have happened if it weren’t for King Edward VIII, who granted the resort Charter Status.
Although he is more famously known for his controversial abdication and marriage to American divorcee Wallis Simpson, the former King is better remembered in Cleethorpes for approving the town as a borough.
It all began in January 1934, when the Urban District Council of Cleethorpes issued a petition to King George V requesting that the monarch might grant a Charter of Incorporation to make the Urban District of Cleethorpes a Municipal Borough.
The Council was then asked to submit a draft of its proposed charter and in June 1936, notification was received from the new monarch, Edward VIII, that the document had been approved.
The new charter became fully effective on November 9, 1936, and plans were made to a celebrate the town’s new status with a Charter Day. The date for the official celebrations was set for Wednesday September 23 that year – 85 years ago today.
The first of the day’s events took place at the junction of Clee Road, Humberstone Road and Weelsby Road.
A crowd gathered in the sunshine to greet Lord Heneage, the Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire, who had driven over from Brocklesby Park bearing the King’s writ.
Lord Heneage’s car drove under a temporary ornamental arch on the Clee Road, which displayed the message: “Welcome to the Borough of Cleethorpes”.
Councillor Keith Brookes said: “We are ever proud of Cleethorpes both as a wonderful resort, but also as a community with people who love where they live and care for those around them.
“Of those people there are many who are extremely proud of what we have here and how that Charter Day back in 1936 really instilled such pride
Councillor Callum Procter, the Portfolio Holder for Economy, Housing and Tourism, said: “Cleethorpes is the jewel in the crown along our East Coast and we are building, year by year, a wonderful seaside resort that has a charm and identity of its own.
Reading about the events to mark Charter Day, I can see how the honour and pride that was enjoyed then, is still reflected across our resort.”
Members of the public are invited to a short service outside St Peter’s Church today (Thursday 23 September) at 2pm, when the Cleethorpes Borough flag will be raised to commemorate Cleethorpes Charter Day.