ALL SYSTEMS GO! ENTRIES OPEN FOR THE 2018 ØRSTED GREAT GRIMSBY 10K

It’s time for keen local runners to mark one of the most important days of the year into their diaries because entries have opened for the third running of the Ørsted Great Grimsby 10k on 22nd July 2018. Next year’s race will be bigger than ever after race organisers Tape2Tape upped the entry limit to 5,000, so even more runners can participate.

The first running of the DONG Energy Great Grimsby 10k happened in July 2016 (which is when our pictures are from), thanks to a collaboration between North East Lincolnshire Council, partners from the public sector, race organisers Tape2Tape and some of the town’s best known businesses.

Last year’s race saw nearly 3,000 people cheered on by big crowds as they made their way around the course from near Grimsby Town Hall to People’s Park.

The race has a fresh look for 2018 after the headline sponsor, DONG Energy, changed its name to Ørsted. The company is now entirely focussed on green energy and the new name is inspired by the curiosity, dedication and interest in nature of one of Denmark’s best known scientists, Hans Christian Ørsted.

Race directors Nicola and Neil Pattison commented:
“The Ørsted Great Grimsby 10k has grown beyond all our expectations and that’s down to the commitment of the hundreds of people it takes to stage an event like this. We’d like to thank everyone, from sponsors to the army of volunteers and supporters, who have helped make the race a huge success. We’ve made some changes to the start and finish arrangements so we can give more people the chance to experience what a superb event this is.”

Cllr Jane Hyldon-King, portfolio holder for health and wellbeing at the Council, added:
“I had a brilliant time at the race this summer and it was good to see so many people from local disability groups in the fun run. Great Grimsby really did itself proud and I look forward to seeing everyone on the start line in 2018.”

Runners will follow a flat course starting near Grimsby Town Hall, heading to Nun’s Corner, through Scartho towards New Waltham before returning to Grimsby via Peaks Parkway and finishing in People’s Park.

Entry fees have been kept low thanks to the generosity of sponsors, so far including Ørsted, North East Lincolnshire Council, Young’s Seafood, Associated British Ports (ABP), North East Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Wilkin Chapman LLP, HMT St Hugh’s Hospital and ENGIE and places are filling up fast so don’t hang around – get your entry in as soon as possible!

You can enter at www.greatgrimsby10k.com for just £13 for affiliated running club members and £15 for unaffiliated.

Greater Grimsby Heritage Action Zone promises a kickstart for local economic regeneration

Plans for the regeneration of local economy received a boost this week when Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism, John Glen announced that Grimsby has been designated a Heritage Action Zone.

The Zone will give historic dock buildings, former smokehouses, factories and shops a new lease of life, creating jobs and stimulating appreciation of Grimsby’s heritage.

The Grimsby Heritage Action Zone is being led by NE Lincolnshire Council. Working with Associated British Ports it will unlock a transformation of the Kasbah, where the designation of a new Conservation Area has recently recognised the importance of historic smokehouses and other buildings associated with the fishing industry.

The programme also aims to reconnect the town centre with the port by promoting use of historic buildings along Alexandra Dock, including Victoria Mills, where the Council recently spent more than £2 million on urgent repairs.

Louise Brennan, Planning Director for Historic England in the East Midlands, said of the decision:
“Few places in England have as distinctive a heritage as Grimsby, and few have so much to gain from it. Grimsby holds a unique place in our history as a seafaring nation, and the evidence can still be seen in abundance in historic buildings like those in the Kasbah. These places are not only symbols of the past but opportunities for the future. With a little imagination and investment, Grimsby’s heritage is poised to release new economic vitality and pride in the town.”

Councillor Peter Wheatley, portfolio holder for regeneration agreed and welcomed the announcement, commenting:
“This is welcome news and is a significant part of the wider Town Deal we have been working with central government and partners on. Grimsby is changing with the new industries we are seeing in the town and pulling all the strands of work together will help to truly transform the economic outlook for the town.

Lots of pieces of the jigsaw are finally beginning to come together. That takes hard work and dedication – it’s not by any stretch of the imagination a quick process. Now we need to deliver the projects with our local communities and our partners to realise Grimsby’s full potential and make sure that the town’s character and heritage will truly benefit the area.”

Simon Bird, Port Director Humber at ABP added:
“This announcement is another huge step forward in breathing new life into the Kasbah which is already part of a thriving port. Regeneration of the Kasbah area has come to symbolise the special partnership approach that we have adopted with NE Lincolnshire Council, and we look forward to working with them and with Historic England to spearhead a programme of economic regeneration for the future.”

ROLAND GIFT BRINGS CLASSIC 80s POP TO THE WELLY FOR A GREAT HOMETOWN GIG

This was the first club I ever went in, back in the days when I was underage. We all were.

The club in question is the Welly on Beverley Road in Hull and the speaker is Roland Gift, formerly of the Fine Young Cannibals and here tonight for a solo gig in his former home town. Judging by the warmth of the reception he gets there are plenty of people here with fond memories of the venue and of the era and of Roland himself.

The place is pretty well packed and the temperature at the front is terrifying. The Welly has ridden out the Year of Culture urge to gentrify and is still doing what it’s supposed to – being a proper old fashioned sweatbox rock and roll venue – one of a dying breed these days.

Gift is a very cool performer, chatting with the audience (many of whom he seems to recognise) about the City Of Culture bunfight, and sipping tea between songs. He arrives on stage in a white kurta and blazer combo with a ballpoint pen clipped in the top pocket, in case inspiration should strike or he feels the need to take any names.

There’s a sly air of mischief about him and he’s happy not to take himself too seriously, pausing the show half way through to draw a raffle for a huge bag of meat (including a nice rack of ribs and some venison sausages) into which everyone who has made a purchase at the merch desk has been entered. There is of course a meat free option – it’s a 5lb bag of potatoes. I guess you don’t get that many vegetarian cannibals.

Time has done remarkably little to his vocal and the trademark effortless falsetto is still in fine order and the set is a crowd pleaser, taking in all the hits, but it’s the variety of the Cannibals output that is most striking. Until this gig I hadn’t revisited the Fine Young Cannibals or The Raw And The Cooked (did they really only make two) albums for some time and it’s amazing how fresh they sound today and tucked in among the tunes we all remember (like She Drives Me Crazy and Johnny Come Home) are several that have slipped my mind and come back fresh and shiny as new, in particular covers of Suspicious Minds and The Buzzcocks’ Ever Fallen In Love, reminders of an era when UK pop music hadn’t been consumed by posh boys and girls and we were all under age, at least for a while.

COLLABRO AND THEIR GUESTS BRING THE MAGIC OF THE MUSICALS TO THE AUDITORIUM

A packed house was treated to a fantastic evening of music and song on Tuesday night at Grimsby Auditorium as Britain’s Got Talent Winners and multi platinum album sellers Collabro and their guests came to town.

Opening the show was Sheffield born gospel country singer Philippa Hanna whose set showcased the songwriting and vocal skills which have taken her to the top of the UK gospel charts. Highlights of her set were I Am Amazing, taken from her 2016 album Come Back Fighting, which allowed her to show her marvellously fluid voice to maximum effect and Arrow which has a great up-beat Country vibe and an inspirational message well suited to her Christian background.

Collabro are everyone’s favourite masters of the big show tune that goes like this, starts off soft and low, and ends up with a kiss and this evening they delivered a masterclass in showmanship with a fine six piece band, elegant staging and costumes and a setlist that ranged from Les Miserables to Miss Saigon taking in Wicked, The Lion King, Phantom and lots of other modern musical theatre favourites on the way as well as pop hits like the Mumfords’ I Will Wait and a lively Don’t Rain On My Parade.

Their main set ended with Stars, the tune which first brought them to our attention and then we were treated to a fantastic encore which climaxed with a crimson jacketed December 1963 (Oh What A Night) that had the audience up on its feet and dancing to the Jersey Boys classic.

The nicest surprise of the evening was Collabro’s special guest, Mansfield born Carly Paoli who is one of those fortunate artists whose talent allows them to excel across genres. She has a cool precision that’s well suited to the classical repertoire but also the emotional expressiveness required for musical theatre.

Having fallen in love with the classic film musicals at home she studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and she’s certainly a performer whose star is on the rise, having duetted with Jose Carreras and Placido Domingo and had one of her own songs, Ave Maria, selected by the Vatican as the official song for Pope Francis’ Jubilee Year of Mercy.

She first appeared to join Collabro for a stunning Over The Rainbow and then treated us to a selection of tunes from her recently released debut album Singing My Dreams. She’s due to headline a show at the Cadogan Hall in London on February 15th 2018 – and it promises to be a great show at one of the most famous venues in the capital.

Not bad for a little girl from Mansfield who fell in love with the magic of the great MGM musicals and never looked back! We’re sure that we’ll be seeing a lot more of her in the future!

A PERFECT START TO THE CHRISTMAS SEASON AT THE LINCOLNSHIRE FOOD AND GIFT FAIR!

If you’ve still got presents to buy for your loved ones or you need choosing something special for your Christmas feast or even if you just fancy treating yourself to a nice bottle of something warming to keep the winter chills out then a visit to the Lincolnshire Food & Gift Fair is just what you need to make your festive season complete.

We had the chance to go to the launch event last night and what a fantastic event it was, with everything you could possibly need to make your Christmas perfect, much of it from local artisan producers and craftspeople.

Our favourites included Mablethorpe’s very own Dam Raider Gin, (and local rival Louth based Pin Gin too) but the stalls were packed with cheeses and chutneys, pies and sausages, as well as a huge variety of gift ideas including superb decorations, clothing and hampers.

The Lincolnshire Food & Gift Fair is open from 9am to 4pm on 2nd and 3rd December 2017 at the Lincolnshire Showground and visitors will have access to free parking. Tickets for the fair can be bought online or over the phone at £5 each in advance, and are £6 on the gate. Under 16s go free when accompanied by an adult.