Saturday, January 09, 2016

Bill Bryson's 'tribute' to Jolly Fisherman makes waves in seaside town

Skegness’s Jolly Fisherman image used before seeking permission on the cover of Bryson’s bestselling travelogue The Road to Little Dribbling   

Frank Newbould 1933 railway poster for Skegness.
Frank Newbould’s 1933 railway poster for Skegness. Photograph: Alamy
Skegness’s Jolly Fisherman, he of the beaming smile and rotund belly, might be a little less cheerful after it emerged that his image was used without permission on the cover of Bill Bryson’s latest travel book – in which the bestselling travel writer fails to fall entirely under the coastal town’s famously “bracing” charms.

The Lincolnshire Echo reported earlier this week that Lincolnshire town council, which owns the copyright to the image, had not been approached by Transworld Publishers before it used the Jolly Fisherman on the jacket of The Road to Little Dribbling. The council usually charges only £10 to those who want to use the image to cover paperwork fees, granting permission to requests for usage that will promote Skegness.

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