During the 1960’s there was a Butlins holiday camp at Skegness in
A holidaymaker is appealing for a middle-aged couple to come forward to verify his story about “something like the Loch Ness Monster” which he claims to have seen at Chapel St Leonards [near Skegness].Mr George Ashton of Miles Road Sheffield was strolling near the beach recently with his wife, May, when they were ‘mystified’ by the sight less than 100 yards offshore. “It had a head like a serpent and six or seven pointed humps trailing behind”, he said. Mr Ashton, a 49 year old shot-blaster at
This was not the first time something had been sighted off the coast in that area:
ON 7th August 1960, 5 witnesses saw a fast moving creature off shore in the sea described as black, long and whale like.
On August 14th 1960 Mr Len Booth reported that he saw a strange whale like creature also witnessed by Mr John Dutton. This was in the same area
The following day August 15th Mrs Joan Betts and Rosina Stubbs saw a long black thing dark and curved about 800 yards( 265 metres) off shore going fast through the sea.
Then earlier in 1966( exact date unknown) Mr John Hayes saw a huge dark shape 500 yards( 165 metres) from shore moving at about 20 mph .
(More details of these sightings can be found in “Sea Serpents and Lake monsters of the British Isles” by Paul Harrison 2001 Robert Hale ltd
So what was it? Well some of the sightings could have been a whale or a basking shark but the sighting in the newspaper article was different. Mr Ashton said he knew what seals etc looked like and it was nothing he had seen before. Any suggestions as to what he saw?