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The Pirate Ship that's turning into a dog memorial

The Buck Beck Beach Bench holds a special place in pet owners' hearts

Nia Dalton

Posted 2 months ago ago

Cleethorpes’ unofficial landmark has cemented its place in people’s hearts – and is slowly being turned into a memorial for dogs.

The Buck Beck Beach Bench, otherwise known as The Pirate Ship, has grown in both size and popularity in recent years.

Residents and visitors alike can often be spotted adding a special memento – such as a sign, teddy bear or dog bowl – to the bench.

While others have been spreading their pet’s ashes at the site, saying it holds a special place in both their and their late dog’s hearts.

The bench, which can be found behind Cleethorpes Boating Lake, was first built in 2016 by Nick Albion, and his father-in-law Roger Crawford, as a place to rest their legs during their usual dog walk.

(Image: Buck Beck Beach Bench)

Nick told TeamDogs: “We began seeing dog walkers using our bench - it was lovely. It’s a really popular place to visit with your dog.”

Since 2016, the bench has been rebuilt about ten times over after being washed away by various storm surges.

But amongst the ever-changing driftwood and handmade decorations, you can spot dog toys and dog bowls left by loving pet parents and their pups.

Nick added: “I was sitting on the bench once, and got chatting to a local couple. They told me that they had scattered their dog’s ashes behind the bench.

“It was their dog’s favourite place to go on the beach.”

Cleethorpes Beach Safety have urged residents to remain mindful when venturing out to popular site.

Earlier this year, they shared the safest route to reach the ever-growing bench.

(Image: Buck Beck Beach Bench)

A Cleethorpes Beach Safety spokesperson said on Facebook: “One of our favourite spots in Cleethorpes is Buck Beck Beach and the Pirate Bench which is bigger and better than ever right now.

“We always get so many questions about it and the safest way to get there so here is everything you need to know so you can safely visit the bench yourself.

“Our only recommended path is marked in green on our map - starting from the Leisure Centre car park or Leo's Café behind Meridian Showground.”

The team reminded people that Buck Beck Beach Bench is surrounded by deep creeks and you could risk becoming cut off by deep flowing water during high tide.

The spokesperson added: “Alongside this path is marshland - the grassy part of the beach - this is a protected scientific site of interest and home to many different types of wildlife that we wish to leave undisturbed.

(Image: Buck Beck Beach Bench)

“These marshes are extremely muddy and it is very easy to become stuck. Add a high tide, full or flooding creeks and there is a very real danger and risk to your safety. Please do not cross the marshes.

“Buck Beck Beach is surrounded by deep creeks, for this reason we ask the public to be back on the main paths/beach at least two hours before high tide - when these creeks fill you may become cut off by deep flowing water.

“Stick left on the path. Wellies are a good idea as in wet weather even the paths can get boggy. Remember to check tide times before setting off and always have a phone with you in case of emergencies.

“This area is a dangerous and naturally changing environment so please - take the long route, stick to the paths, be safe and enjoy the beautiful scenery in our wonderful resort.”

If you spot a person in trouble, do not attempt to rescue them because you could also become stuck, instead call 999 immediately and ask for the coastguard.

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