John Turner’s butchers in St Peter’s Avenue is a local institution with its trademark green awning and the larger than life jolly butcher who stands on the pavement outside the shop. It’s famous not just for meat but also for bread and sandwiches and for its takeaway counter.
There have been Turners in the local butchery trade for four generations – it was in the early 1900s that J.H. Turner, the founder of the dynasty, opened his first shop on the corner of Welholme Road and Farebrother Street. The business in its present form was established by John Turner in the 1960s as a pork butchers and it was he who, faced with increasing competition from supermarket chains, had the idea of diversifying the business and who adopted the slogan ‘Butcher, Baker, Sandwich Maker’ (there being relatively little demand at the time for Candlesticks).
What really sets Turners apart however is of course their legendary Lincolnshire sausages, made to J.H. Turner’s original recipe with first class Lincolnshire belly pork, fresh sage and just the right amount of seasoning.
The exact recipe of course is a closely guarded secret and we don’t really have it but we do know that demand for these delicacies is rising so fast they are now made every day and they still sell out by mid afternoon so if you want some you’d best get there early!
Or alternatively you could take yourself down to our good friends Oriental Express for whom the Turner’s sausage is a fixture on the menu and consistently one of their best selling dishes.
It’s not often we get to spend the day on a proper movie set so when we get an invitation to head up to Cabourne Parva to see the team from Focus 7 and the Grimsby Chums Heritage Project at work on their new film telling the story of The Grimsby Chums we don’t need asking twice.
Funded by a Heritage Lottery grant and organised by Synergy Grimsby CIC the project has involved young people from Grimsby aged 11-25 researching and recording their heritage in a project called ‘Your Country Needs Youth.’
The project aims to educate young people today about the impact of the war on towns like Grimsby and to bring the story to new audiences using modern digital media.
The film recreates scenes from the lives of five local lads who joined up to do their duty and to tell what befell them.
We have an exiting day. There’s a field hospital set up in the barn and a contingent of reenactment specialists in full uniform wandering around drinking tea. Later in the afternoon smoke bombs are deployed in a recreation of the Battle of The Somme.
There’s also a real sense of community – many of the young researchers who have been involved in the project from the start were visiting the set to witness their hard work coming to fruition accompanied by project chief Claire Wollington. Of course there’s a huge amount that the film can’t cover but Rob Smith, Director and Producer says he hopes the film will tell young people “Enough to make them want to ask more questions.”
The film will be shown at an exhibition on April 12th, 15th, 18th and 19th at Freeman Street Market’s Business and Digital Hub.
This is the cover of Issue 25 of The Peoples and as you may have noticed we’ve given the dear old thing a bit of a wash and brush up. We’ve also moved to a new B5 format, slightly smaller than before (but we like to call it more handbag friendly), and gone up to 48 pages. The online edition is also changing – the link will be up soon. It’ll have lots of extra pages and features including galleries of photos from events we’ve attended with our cameras.
There’s a lot more to read in Issue 25 with features on the upcoming Jazz Festival, and C-FaB and on the new film about the Grimsby Chums from the Chums Heritage Project plus recipes and motoring and loads of listings and information about music, theatre and arts events on their way in our area.
So if you see Issue 25 on your travels pick it up and tell us what you think.