Girl About Town with Tracey Edges

Tracey I’m about to move house. Some days I think it’s a great decision. Some days not. Yesterday I wondered what on earth I was doing. Today I’m raring to get on. I don’t think that there is anything as frustrating as the house buying system and it’s worse because we are all so used to immediate gratification.

Want to listen to music? You don’t even have to download the latest album – just stream it. Fancy a read, when you’ve a spare five minutes waiting in the car? Just whip out your smartphone and carry on reading where you left off. Need to fill your cupboards? Half an hour of browsing the virtual shelves and all done and dusted – just wait for the van to roll up with your your bags of goodies and, ok, loo roll.

But the house moving palaver. Nothing immediately gratifying about that. You can’t just browse the virtual property shelves, choose the one you fancy, add it to your basket and have yourself delivered to it. I wish!

I think I have formaphobia – I can’t stand the things. Give me a form to fill in and I’ll go and do any smelly old job instead.

Get past the basics and you’re immediately hit by a question that just doesn’t apply to you and you don’t know where to find the answer without ringing someone and this can be a bit difficult at 2am which is when I usually get around to filling them in. Maybe that’s just me …..

In May soul and funk singer, Omar performed as part of Museums At Night in Grimsby Minster. What a fabulous venue it is. They hold all kinds of events there from craft fairs to classical concerts and even a heavy rock carol concert at Christmas. Brilliant. Artist Gill Hobson had one of her Lightlines installations there and it looked fabulous.


I had my on-the-door-ticket-collecting hat on that night. I seem to have turned into one of those people that pop up in various guises in different places. It’s a bit like Mr Benn walking into the Fancy Dress Shop and walking out in a different outfit towards a different adventure.

I remember going out, when I was about fourteen and buying Sound Of The Suburbs by punk band The Members. I had a thing about coloured vinyl and picture discs and I can be a bit of a berk at times. I thought Sound Of The Suburbs was a picture disc but it was actually clear plastic and the picture was on the inside of the back of the sleeve. I got over it though.

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My fourteen year old self would have found it a little on the strange side to find JC Carroll, Chris Payne, Nick Cash and Nigel Bennett devouring breakfast around my dining table the morning after the recent Members gig at The Yardbirds, Grimsby. No rooms were trashed, no TVs flung out of windows (phew!) and they turned out to be really polite and quiet chaps and excellent overnight guests. I thoroughly enjoyed the gig with support from Scunthorpe band Dynamite Dynamite and The F***wits from Sheffield. You can find all these bands on Facebook.

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I went along to see the Final Degree Show at Grimsby Institute. Lots of great work but the stand out for me, was the installation by Jason Lee entitled Come In Do, after one of the first lines spoken by John Christie in the 1970 film 10 Rillington Place which was Jason’s main inspiration for this complex piece of work. In one of those weird connections, one of the stars was former Grimsby School of Art student, the actor, John Hurt.

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Christie, the resident of 10 Rillington Place, was a quiet, bespectacled, transport clerk who committed 8 gruesome murders. His victims entered his house but were never to leave alive. Many of the murders took place in the kitchen and Jason recreated this room in a way that drew upon the actual reality, as well as the filmic qualities – where things are props and not always as they appear to be. With his mix of made from scratch and found objects, many manipulated, I felt a little like a child with a curiosity that had to be sated.

And you too can sate your curiosity by reading the rest of Tracey’s column in our web edition.

The Great Conga Pram Push 2014


The third annual Great Conga Pram Push took place this weekend in People’s Park and more than 250 people took part in the event which is organised by the Council’s Move More Through Active Travel team and aims to encourage people to get off the couch and out of the car and into methods of transport that promote fitness such as walking, cycling and scootering.

Organiser Emma Jo Collins led the conga, accompanied by surprise guest Hello Kitty, as the gallant pram pushers and passengers completed a twisting circuit of the Park, preceded by warm up exercises, followed by games and dancing. All in all a great fun event with a serious message and a challenge to see how many they can beat the record by next year!

For more pictures visit our Facebook gallery for the event!

Hough’s of Lincolnshire & The Royal Armouries


The Royal Armouries in Leeds is one of the UK’s top visitor attractions and home to one of the finest collections of arms and armour in the world, but that’s not all! They also play host to a fantastic programme of summer events and activities with something different to enjoy everyday, come rain or come shine!

Entry to the museum’s main collection is free (probably the best value ticket you’ll ever get) but there may be a small charge for some of the events listed below.


Every day the museum’s Face To Face With History team of actors and stuntmen bring the collection of arms and armour to life, presenting wild west gunfights, rapier duels, poll axe combats and other dramatic performances. There are also weapon handling sessions. These sessions take place every day and are free.

In the Armourer’s Workshop you can have a go at brass rubbing, heraldic design and copper embossing and there’s Have-A-Go Sword Fighting where you can try your hand at this historic combat sport with our experts guiding you through the art of swordsmanship. There are demonstrations of the ancient sport of falconry and visitors can get up close to the birds after the show with the falconry experience and from August 12th-14th everyone’s favourite comic book heroes will be taking over the museum, with Iron Man, Judge Dredd and Batman all due to make an appearance.

Finally, as part of the First World War Centenary programme, Atkinson Action Horses will present The Final Charge, an equestrian extravaganza set on the battlefields of Flanders. This thrilling show, packed with high energy, death defying stunts, is an event not to be missed. (Performances August 23rd-25th adults £8, concessions £6, family £25.)

Visit for details of dates, times and charges and don’t forget that the nicest way to visit the armouries is to go with our good friends Hough’s of Lincolnshire. Have fun!

Cleethorpes Carnival Parade 2014

Well just how good was that? Baking sun, great music, fabulous floats, dancers and lions and a biplane and hip hop old ladies on shopping trolleys, storm troopers, a great big enormous caterpillar, a big red ant, snow white, a zombie horde, chewbacca, daleks, the batmobile, clever k9s, cowboys and cowgirls, a biplane, a pedal along dolphin, princesses and pirates, brass bands and samba bands and rock and roll combos, parrots and wrestlers and the italian job minis and a gorilla in a pink bikini and a big thank you to young’s seafoods and to everyone who worked so hard to make it all happen …………

More pages in the web edition

Fusion Youth Theatre: Hit Like And Share – review

For all its many miraculous pictures of cats the internet can be a dangerous place for the unwary, creating spaces for bullying and exploitation as well as opportunities for lego animation and laughing babies. It was this darker side to the web which was the focus of Hit Like And Share, a hard hitting new play by Josie Anne Gray presented by Fusion Youth Theatre at St James House on July 19th and 20th.

The play told the story of Ellie (played by Freya Tate), forced to change schools as a result of internet exploitation, who finds that in the age of the web leaving your past behind can be easier said than done. Fate brings her up against the mean girls at her new school although there are nice kids there too, led by Oliver Lewis’s heroic battle rapper Sharkey.

Ellie’s path to acceptance and self forgiveness involves even more trouble when she chooses her confidantes unwisely in the chat rooms but little sister Callie (Jessica Allan) is there to save the day.
Impressively acted by a young cast who seem happy to have something serious to get their teeth into but are easy about sharing the limelight ensemble it was a stimulating performance which I’m sure will have helped to make all the cast and audience more aware of the dangers of the internet and safer as a consequence.

In fact it’s the kind of play that all young people would benefit from seeing and understanding in a world where we live our lives increasingly in online environments.

Picnics in the Park


Four consecutive Sundays of free live music in the bandstand in our very own park featuring

Smooth, quality jazz

Fantastic live band

7-piece Jamaican roots / jazz crossover band, exploring everything from Coltrane to Cuba

Grimsby’s favourite Celtic folk rock band, plus up and coming support

The Debt To Pleather: Smoke & Mirrors with Breakwater Theatre


According to many people it’s a good rule in life to only believe what you see with your own eyes and hear with your own ears. I’m not sure I agree, in fact I’m sure I don’t but let’s not get all solipsistic about it. Instead we can look for evidence in Smoke And Mirrors, an evening with Breakwater Theatre comprising a set of short original plays by local authors in which nothing was what it seemed and nothing seen or heard was to be taken at face value.

Having set a theme which writers were welcome to interpret in whatever way they chose the Breakwater team of actors and directors were able to offer us an evening that was both funny and poignant, ironic and forcefully direct and which ranged in style from realism to absurdity by way of some southern gothic and a little bit of good old fashioned kitchen sink.

First up was Made For Each Other by Alex Dennistoun, a lesson in the dangers of taking other people’s words too literally and as bad an advert for the joys of speed dating as has ever been conceived. Darkly humorous in tone it featured Sara Beasley as a glamorous ingenu and Jonny Allbones as the duplicitous cad and fake fireman who takes her for a ride. Or does he? The switchback narrative kept everyone guessing right up to the final reveal.

Autumn Leaves by Ian Winter offered a more reflective and wistful take on the theme as death made its first appearance of the evening with Jeannine Ridha and Chloe Rose guiding the audience through a patchwork of reminiscence towards a promise of blue skies and the pitter patter of dirt on a polished ceiling. It was a piece which conveyed it’s meaning by means of hints and allusions and left the audience to fill in any gaps for themselves.

There was predictably little uncertainty about Death And Taxi by Emma Gee however which featured Miranda Johnson as a newly deceased mother and party animal and Della Brett as a probationary Death. The central character’s misfortune in dying in full leopard print in the middle of a five star restaurant was matched only by that of Death who found that her latest consignment for Hades was not ready to go without a struggle.


After some excellent interval music from Harry David the second act kept up the high standard of the first beginning with You’re Having A Laugh by Catherine Scott, an everyday story of political ambition and soap opera watching, which should serve as a warning to anyone who has ever thought about investing in proper lace up shoes and running for office. The play showed how quickly even the most disingenuous can fall pray to the need for spin in a wryly comic and acutely observed take on politics and the people.

Mr Mumler, The Showman And The First Lady by John Ashbrook was a retelling of the true story of spirit photographer William H Mumler’s who made a fortune from faking photographs of the spirit world but was ruined by a court case brought by the legendary showman P T Barnum (despite the fact that he won). Sara Beasley as Mary Todd Lincoln, Mike Wilson as Mumler and a show stealing turn as Barnum from Jack Merlis brought the scene to life almost as if it had been conjured into the room before us.


The final piece of the evening was Raven’s Edge, a gritty story of the redemptive power of love, (p)leather and Southern Comfort by Ben Parkes, performed by Joseph Parfrement, Chloe Rose and Della Brett. It’s message that sometimes the underdog can get the girl and the booze and the jacket provided an uplifting end to an exhilarating evening of new writing, performed in the excellent new performance space at The Warehouse in Freeman Street.

The evening was brought to a dramatic close by Ben Parkes proposing to his partner Joseph live on stage in front of a packed house which left not a dry eye in the house. Best wishes to both.
All in all it was a fine night of theatre which demonstrated why the work done by the talented team of directors and actors who make up Breakwater team is so important to the local arts scene and we look forward to the announcement of the theme for their next project.

In the meantime Breakwater can next be seen performing Apple Juice, a nostalgic wartime sketch by Sara Beasley about the Lincolnshire land girls as part of the Cleethorpes Classic Car and Vintage Festival taking place at Meridian Point on August 23rd.