Cleethorpes Classic Car and Vintage Festival


Fans of classic cars and lovers of style are in for a treat on August 23rd & 24th when Graham Chapman Classic Cars bring the inaugural Classic Car and Vintage Festival to Meridian Point.
There are vehicles coming from all over the country, including one of the few surviving Lloyd tourers, built in Grimsby at their factory in Patrick Street, and if you’re in the mood for a new motor there’ll also be a classic car auction, taken by celebrity auctioneer Charles Hanson, famous for his appearances on Bargain Hunt and Antiques Road Trip.


As well as the vehicles there’ll be plenty to see and do including burlesque from The Cats Pyjamas Cooperative, performances from actress Sara Beasley, a fantastic choice of great food and drink and lots of great music from Moll Amour, Shannon Reilly and many others.

A special theme of the festival will be Northern Soul music and there’ll be sets from top DJs Al Taylor, Stan the Man and Dennis B plus expert teacher Sharon Sullivan will be demonstrating just how to dance Northern Soul stylee!


There’ll be a huge variety of vintage and retro fashion and jewellery on display including fabulous dresses by What Shall I Wear, retro clothing by Bill Bailey’s, tweed bags by Roobydoo’s, bracelets by Ragdoll Beads and original artwork by Madam’s Pinups and many other must have items.

All in all it promises to be one of the highlights of the summer so we’ll see you there.



From Wilfred Prickles To Sticky Janet – The Peoples pays a visit to Elaine Drewery at Authorpe Hedgehog Care


Wilfred Prickles was the first, the original. They disturbed his mother and the little ones when they were clearing out the stables. The rest of the family decamped but Wilfred was left behind and Elaine took him in, learned to feed him, kept him warm. He departed next spring, restored to health and ready to make his way in the hedgehog world, but Elaine had fallen for the charms of hedgehogs and although she didn’t realise it yet her life had changed for good.

Since then thousands like Wilfred have arrived at Elaine Drewery’s home in Authorpe, near Louth. Orphaned, maimed by cars or lawn mowers or bonfires, the victims of pesticides or pets or the stupidity of people, they’ve all been welcomed and cared for and most have been returned to the wild.

Elaine is the legendary ‘hedgehog lady’ and mum of Corinne, singer with Swing Out Sister and she’s been caring for hedgehogs for over thirty years now, often alone but nowadays she has helpers. Stacey and her mum Tracey come every day (frequently including weekends) from Louth to clean out the wards, prepare food, and to tend to sick animals.

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Follow The Herring on the way to The Minster


This looks like a really exciting event coming our way later in the month – a celebration of the fishing, singing, knitting and boat building traditions of the East Coast – Follow The Herring is part exhibition, part stage performance and tells the story of the herring Lassies who followed the fishing fleet down the East Coast every year, gutting, salting and kegging the catch. Tickets on sale now!

Stories, Sites and Spectacles


Are you interested in local history or the theatre? Would you like to be involved in a project that promises to unite the two and deliver something really special that the whole town can take a pride in? Well now you have the chance because Fusion Youth Theatre are recruiting volunteers who would like to be involved in their new project.

Stories, Sites & Spectacles is a BBC funded project, a partnership between Fusion Youth Theatre & Community Arts, The Grimsby Minster, The CultureHouse and Museums At Night, for local people to help work on, create, produce and perform a large piece of community theatre in and around the Grimsby Minster. The project is linked to the nationwide Museums At Night event which takes place in mid May. The performance will be based on the past, present and future of the town and the surrounding area.

Any residents of North East Lincolnshire are welcome to come and be a part of the project. Volunteers are needed to work as researchers, writers, directors, organisers, performers, storytellers, musicians, artists, costume makers, stage crew and much more! There is a role for everyone and no previous experience is necessary.

The performance will be lead by professional directors Louise Clark (Libellule Theatre) and Emma Middleton (Mizuchi Theatre), each of whom have created many youth and community theatre performances over the years both nationally and internationally.

But Louise and Emma are only the drivers of the project. The content, the story, the direction that the project takes, is completely down to the participants because Stories, Sites & Spectacles needs to be community theatre created and told by the community it represents.

The performance will be made up of two parts – one will be an outdoor spectacle performance and the second will be smaller indoor pieces which may include songs or storytelling.
The project began in mid February but the group are still welcoming new arrivals and this means not just individuals but also local groups, businesses and organisations who are interested in being represented.

If you’d like to know more about getting involved, contact the team on or telephone 07884 308992. You can also find them on or

The Power Of The Wok


It’s coming up for 8 years ago now that Chung Yeung opened the Oriental Express buffet in the former Bird’s Nest Cafe by the boating lake.

The new venture was an immediate hit, immensely popular with locals and holidaymakers alike, with its sleek modern interiors and wide range of delicious Chinese and Indian dishes.

Of course a lot of us dabble with Chinese cuisine at home but somehow it never tastes the same so we asked Chung to let us in on the secret of how to cook great Chinese food.

“That’s easy,” he said. “It’s fresh quality ingredients, care and attention to detail and the power of the wok. It needs to be so hot that when the ingredients hit the oil, the heat is sustained throughout the whole cooking process. In our kitchen we use fan assisted turbo gas woks for that special wok aroma.”

So there you go and in the absence of a turbo wok in our home kitchen we think that in future we’ll leave it to the experts and head down to Oriental Express for our stir fry. We’ll see you there.

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