Skegness Town Councillor David Cargill spoke out after the sheet, edited by Tony Blair spin doctor Alastair Campbell, published a front cover of a look-a-like of a town’s famous mascot making rude hand gestures.
Skegness’ The Jolly Fisherman was re-drawn on the front of the current edition, standing on an empty beach with the words ‘Go away’ on his chest.
The image was published with the headline ’Skegness is so Brexit’ and questioned whether residents were still happy about the referendum result.
But Mr Cargill said it was not a reflection of sentiment in the town.
David Cargill said Brexiteers in Skegness were "perfectly happy" with votes in the EU referendum
They’re perfectly happy with how the referendum went
He said: “They’re perfectly happy with how the referendum went and to a certain extent they are looking forward to a good future.
“They do appreciate, I must point out, we did get quite a bit of finance from Europe to assist in the resort but we’re pretty confident we’ll be able to get backing from elsewhere.
“We have the copyright on Jolly, the original. They’ve altered him but they haven’t given him a jolly appearance.
“He seems to be scowling and everything else and I think it’s this aspect that a lot of people are not liking with what’s happening in Skegness.
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“It seems to be bad publicity as a fact of saying when we go into Europe, Skegness is going to vanish off the map.”
Asked if he was worried Skegness would not get any European visitors, tourism or business from across the Channel, Mr Cargill remained resolute.
He said: “I think we will quite possibly get more.”