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Well Christmas certainly seems a long time ago and we reckon there’s a fair bit of winter on the way before things start to brighten up again properly so we’ve got a few pieces of good news to cheer you up including a visit to our area by the world’s biggest girl group, the incomparable Little Mix, plus a news update on this years Mayor’s Charity Challenge: a 12 hour exercise marathon extravaganza known as the Ron-a-thon. So get your running gear on and lets start training now - spring may be only just around the corner!
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In The Know Your indispensable guide to what’s going on where you live Paloma Faith Announces August Show At Market Rasen Racecourse
t looks like it’s going to be a summer of great music in our area, with Plan B already announced to play Market Rasen Racecourse on July 1st and now things are getting even more exciting with the announcement that the amazing Paloma Faith will be playing a hit filled open air show at the racecourse venue on Saturday 18th August. With her acclaimed Number 1 album ‘The Architect’ riding high in the charts and a BRIT nomination for Best British Female, Paloma Faith will be bringing hits old and new to the course for a stunning headline performance. ‘The Architect’ builds on the the huge success of her 2014 album, ‘A Perfect Contradiction’, which spent 66 weeks in the Top 40. The new album is currently on course to become her fourth double platinum album in a row – which would make
her the first British woman in chart history to achieve this incredible feat! Equally at home both onstage and in the studio, this show will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of the summer season. Tickets are available via www. thejockeyclublive.co.uk.
Strictly favourite Giovanni Pernice ready to waltz into town
iovanni Pernice, who danced his way to the finals of Strictly Come Dancing 2017 with his partner Debbie McGee, is taking the show on the road in April as he sets out on his Born To Win tour. The show will be at Grimsby Auditorium on Monday 30th April and we’re going to have some prize tickets to give away so keep an eye on out Facebook page! Giovanni will be joined by seven professional dancers including Luba Mushtuk as his leading lady. Luba has most recently been seen dancing on the BBC hit show with Giovanni, to the vocal talents of
musical theatre star, Sheridan Smith. The show tells an epic tale of love and passion, with dances such as the Paso Doble and the Argentine Tango, plus you can expect other favourites like the Charleston, the Viennese Waltz and of course it has to have the Jive, seeing as Giovanni is the current Guinness World Record Holder for having the world’s fastest jive kicks and flicks! Tickets are now on sale directly through the auditorium or at www. giovannipernice.com and there are also a limited number of VIP tickets available at most venues.
IN THE KNOW X-Factor runner up Rebecca Ferguson on the way to Hull University
After coming runner up on the seventh series of UK’s The X Factor, Rebecca Ferguson has not been short of success. Having co-written her record breaking debut album Heaven, and going on to release three follow ups, Rebecca has proven herself to be a recording artist with a passion for her craft that is second to none. She plays Hull University on Sunday 18th February. Tickets from Ticketmaster www.ticketmaster. co.uk or visit www. rebeccaofﬁcial. com
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Poet and performer Josie Moon has had a busy 2017 and she’s looking forward to lots more projects this year. We managed to slow her down long enough to give us some ideas about what’s in prospect. I know you had a busy year last year. Fill us in on what you’ve been up to. I had a great end to 2017 with the Fish Tales gigs and the added extra bonus of our performance at Herts Jazz Festival being broadcast on Radio 3 on Christmas Day. The La Luna Young Voices project concluded successfully with the publication of their anthology, In Case of An Emergency which is available to purchase from my website, and the Great Grimsby Community Choir had a very busy December and a spectacular finale concert with Adele Dixon and Barry Whitfield at St Augustine's. So the year really did end on a high. What's next for Josie Moon and La Luna?
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I have just co-written a lovely book and song cycle with Pat McCarthy. A Woodland Story is touring schools in NE Lincs from the end of January and will be performed at the auditorium in March. The book is available from the website. In April La Luna is publishing a beautiful new book of poetry and original art work by Maria Garner and Vivienne May and there will be a spring launch for that work. I am working on a major new piece of creative writing and saying nothing about that until it's ready to launch. The choir is looking forward to an exciting year and already we have plans for brand new original material and concerts later in the year with some interesting guest artists. There are two Fish Tales dates booked for 2018 in Alford and Ipswich and Alan Barnes, Pat McCarthy and I are working on something new which will be announced later in the year. How can people find out about your projects? The best way to keep in touch with everything that’s going on is to subscribe to my blog josiemoon.co.uk and follow me on Facebook and Twitter. To join the choir simply turn up on a Monday evening at St Mark's Church, Laceby Road. It's an open and inclusive choir and everyone over the age of 14 is welcome. We’ll hope to see you there.
IN THE KNOW Swim your way to fitness in pregnancy with Lincs Inspire Aqua Natal Pregnancy is a time when the idea of keeping fit can be the last thing on your mind so it’s great news that Lincs Inspire’s Aqua Natal sessions have started again at the Grimsby Leisure Centre. The Aqua Natal classes run every Thursday from 1.45pm to 2.30pm and are free for Lincs Inspire subscription members and £3 per session for non-members. Advance booking is required. For more information or to book your place please contact Grimsby Leisure Centre on (01472) 323500 or visit the website at www.lincsinspire.com. The classes are designed for women in all stages of pregnancy and ﬁtness abilities. They aim to gently aid ﬁtness without over stressing the joints and ligaments, helping to alleviate muscular tension and encouraging the body to adapt to the physical changes leading to healthier pregnancy and a more rapid recovery.
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Golf captains raise thousands for local hospital wards
t’s a proud tradition at Cleethorpes Golf club that each year the captain and lady captain choose a charity to raise money for during the year and this year the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and the Pink Rose Suite are the beneficiaries of the club’s fundraising activities. The club’s charity day raised £6,972 which was split equally between the two departments at the Diana, Princess of Wales hospital and Captain Glenn Wishart, lady captain Susan Colvin and chairman Liz Stones presented the cheques. Susan said: “As a local golf club, we wanted the money to go to a local charity. We all know family and friends who have been treated at the Pink Rose Suite so it’s close to my heart. Just like
the neonatal unit is close with Glenn’s. It feels really nice to be able to help.” Breastcare survivorship clinical nurse specialist Susan Cooper, who works on the Pink Rose Suite, said: “We have so many patients and the amount of patients who will benefit from this type of charitable donation is huge.” Glenn’s grandchild was cared for by the NICU team and he chose to donate his half of the funds to that department for that reason. Glenn and Susan presented the cheque to NICU ward sister Emma Spicer. Emma said: “There have been different types of equipment we have been looking at recently including new cots for babies that are height adjustable, breathing machines, breast milk pumps and we are looking to get some new breastfeeding chairs.”
Community champion for The Health Tree Foundation Laura Gooderham, said: “Thank you so much to Susan and Glenn for having the hospital in their thoughts when choosing who to raise money for. The donations really do go a long way to improve the services we offer to patients. We really appreciate such a generous donation and it’s comforting to know clubs and organisations are supporting their local hospital.” For more information on supporting your hospital, contact Laura on 03033 304514 or email at laura. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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FOOTBALL MATCH RAISES THOUSANDS FOR HOSPITAL
lobal Logistics Football Club has teamed up with Nationwide Grimsby Branch to raise more than £4,500 for babies at Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital. The money was raised from a fundraiser football match and a marathon run. The football match was held on 16th July and players from Global Logistics raised money by paying to take part and from sponsorship. Money was also raised by Fay
Fenwick from Nationwide Grimsby Branch; she ran the Paris Marathon and received sponsorship for her run. After the football match everyone involved gathered at the Honest Lawyer on Ladysmith Road. They held a raffle for all the prizes that had been donated by local businesses and an auction for signed memorabilia, including signatures from the 1966 World Cup. A signed football and shirt, which was donated by Grimsby Town Football Club, was also auctioned. Owner of Grimsby Cars Ltd, Mike Croft, made a significant donation towards the cause pledging to give 10% of all service invoices as a
donation. Manager for Global Logistics FC, Dean Atkinson, said: “A few of the football players have had babies on the Neonatal unit; it’s very close to our hearts. If you would like to fundraise for your local hospital, please email hello@ healthtreefoundation.org.uk for more information. Pictures from left: Ryan Ives, Ryan Kelk, staff nurse Julie Sanderson, staff nurse Sarah Chapman, Chris Brookes, Fay Fenwick, staff nurse Carol Ellis, Dale Barton, Chris Freeman and Mike Croft
PUTTING PAIN ONTO THE PATIO WITH SOME CLASSIC AYCKBOURN Greg and Ginny live together but she is having an affair with her married boss, Philip. When Ginny goes away for the weekend to break off the affair Greg decides to follow but he mistakes Philip and his wife, Sheila, for Ginny’s parents. This being Alan Ayckbourn you won’t be surprised that hilarity ensues. Relatively Speaking, first performed in 1967, is the play that gave Alan Ayckbourn his first West End hit and it’s a delicately balanced comedy of manners and misidentification, not as dark as some of his later work but perceptive and sharp enough to show that even as a young writer Ayckbourn had a knack for finding humour in marital misery.
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feature a reunion dinner. Houses will be cleaned and decorated with red paper cutouts and scrolls of poetry and after the meal is done firecrackers will be set off and gifts of money exchanged in red envelopes. The years of the calendar are named after the twelve animals who make up the Chinese zodiac and their order is drawn from the legend of the Jade Emperor’s great race. This year is the year of the dog. The dog hinese New Year’s Day, came eleventh in the race and its also known as the Spring year is therefore eleventh in the Festival, is an important calendar cycle. date in the traditional Chinese In Chinese culture, the dog is calendar. The date varies but this regarded as human beings most year it falls on February 16th. intimate animal friend. It’s one of It’s the high point of a celebration the most popular zodiac figures which lasts for fifteen days, from in Chinese culture and his good New Year’s Eve to the Lantern hearing and sense of smell have Festival and by tradition it is a been relied upon to guard the day for families and will often house preventing trouble and
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JESS & THE BANDITS: LIVE AT FRUIT, HULL
ast September, just as Jess Clemmons was setting out with The Bandits on a UK tour in support of her new album, the gospel influenced Smoke And Mirrors, Hurricane Harvey struck her hometown of Houston, Texas, causing extensive damage to her mother’s home and necessitating the cancellation of the tour. Five months on and she’s back with us, kicking off the rearranged tour at Fruit in Hull and proving to the doubters (if there were any) that the change of style hasn’t diminished her ability to create some of the finest cast iron ballads and torch songs you’ll ever hear. Opening the show is up and coming Glaswegian country pop artist Kevin McGuire, who is also on a roll at the moment with the release of 2017’s debut EP Foreign Country leading to performances for the BBC and at the Nashville Meets London Festival. Highlights of his set include the new single Late, 3am which is an unusual up tempo break up song written from the perspective of a rejected lover who now unwillingly finds himself in demand again, and the last song of the set, Alright Tonight, which I’d recommend checking out soonest you have the chance. McGuire is one of a growing number of home grown country performers who seem confident enough to produce authentically British country music without the need to slavishly follow US music, although he is clearly influenced by the likes of Rascal Flatts and Sam Hunt. Jess Clemmons has changed the line up of her band since
I saw them last. They’re still bandits of course, but they’re different bandits, better suited to her new sound, on display on the fine new album, Smoke And Mirrors. There are still plenty of high powered country rock grooves of course, she hasn’t gone all wimpy on us all of sudden, and the show kicks off with My Name Is Trouble straight out of our favourites playbook before swinging into love Like That, another favourite and I’m Not Going Home, whose power shows the close connection between both sets of songs old and new. Vocally she’s in fine form voice is in fine form - she’s as good a country singer as I’ve ever heard live - capable of a wide range of emotional colour plus considerably more out and out charismatic sexiness than one person really ought to possess. It’s not fair really it isn’t. The set is a mix of the best of the two albums with highlights including The World’s Still Round, whose brooding verse explodes into some great rock and roll, White Lies which slows things down a little but has a classic broken lives and shattered dreams feel to it, Gone Girl for which Clemmons channels her inner Dolly Parton and Nitty Gritty which has the whole room singing. By tradition the set includes a couple of covers - on this occasion it’s Mama told Me not To Come and Bonnie Raitt’s Love Sneaking Up which is followed by the outstanding track from Smoke And Mirrors, the gospel anthem of empowerment Sister. And of course the show ends with some of real favourites - bring the house down rocker Ready Set, the emotionally supercharged Fault Lines and to round it all off Single Tonight. A fine show from one of our favourite performers and if I get the chance I’ll try to catch another show later in the year. If you get the chance you should too.
“These are the sounds that made us love reggae in the first place” The Peoples talks to reggae legend
Ali Campbell As founding members of Britain’s biggest reggae band UB40, singer Ali Campbell, second vocalist Astro and keyboardist Mickey Virtue topped the UK singles chart on three occasions and sold 70 million records as they took their smooth yet rootsy musical blend to all corners of the globe. Now with ‘A Real Labour Of Love’ the trio give us a fresh take on the legendary series of albums, putting the focus primarily on reggae tracks from the 1980s. We got to talk to Ali and we started out by asking him about the inspirations behind the new album. idp: First of all congratulations on a fine new album. It’s got the real classic UB40 feel - a bit cheeky, a bit sly, a bit chilled, a bit romantic. It’s going to be very popular with the fans, I’m sure of that. And it sounds like you were all having a lot of fun in the studio.
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Ali Campbell: Well yes, we loved it. It’s a delight to go into a studio to record songs that you already know and that you love. That’s why we called them the Labour of Love albums. We’ve called this one A Real Labour Of Love just to differentiate it but they were very successful albums. We sold more than 21 million of them and some of our biggest hits came from them including Cherry O Baby, Kingston Town, and Red Red Wine. What made you decide that the time right for a new version and what’s special about the songs on this one? They’ve been asking us for a long time to do another one so we thought that enough time had passed and we should give it a go. The songs that we cover on this album are all over thirty years old now. They’re the songs that we listened to when we were on the road with the first Labour Of Love album. When we made that album we were we were just covering the songs we grew up listening to - the songs that made us love reggae in the first place - whereas this one takes us into the 80s. These are the songs from when I was in Jamaica.They’re all classics and big hits in the reggae world and we’re trying to bring them to a new audience.
I’ve spent a long time on YouTube and elsewhere tracking down the originals of some of these songs and it has reminded me just how powerful great pop can be. How were the songs for this album chosen and did they bring back a rush of memories for you of the time when you first heard them? Well most of them are reggae classics that I was listening to in the 80s like JC Lodge’s Telephone Love and Strive by Shinehead which is a great record. And then of course there’s She Loves Me Now by the great Dennis Hammond which is the first single from the album. There’s a really nice and funny little film to go with it and you can find that online. These are the sounds that made us love reggae in the first place and when me and Astro sat down and started to draw up a list we were like all we got to have some Dennis and we’ve got to have some Gregory. It really is a joy to do these albums. It’s always nice doing your own material but it’s a lot easier and more fun to cover songs that you love. It’s only what The Beatles did and the Stones and The Who but they loved blues and we love reggae. Their hero was Bob Dylan and mine was Bob Marley. It sound like you’re still as passionate as ever about making music. It’s the best job ever and i think I’ve got the hottest reggae band in the world right now. I think this is the best thing we’ve done in 25 years. How does your approach to a covers album differ from making an album of original material? It must be important to avoid doing anything like a note for note copy. If there’s a secret to it, it’s that you have to stay true to the melody because that’s why you liked the song in the first place but then we do our take on it and we try and make it more accessible to a pop audience. That’s all we’ve ever tried to do really, When we started the band in the first place my main idea was because I loved reggae music I wanted to promote reggae music. Just like I loved dub and I wanted to spread the word about that. There’s a song by Goldie Lookin Chain and one of the lyrics goes “I wouldn’t know what dub was if it wasn’t for UB40” and hearing that for the first time was one of my proudest moments. The first dub album we did was our third album I think. Present Arms had gone in at number two and we thought this is the perfect time to do a dub album and show people what it’s all about. A lot of people brought the album and then took it back to the shop saying it was faulty. No vocal and some strange echoey sounds. But if you look all around the world at pop music today so much of it is informed by reggae beats. People like Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande even The Script. I saw them the other day doing a reggae track. The Sly Dunbar beat, the Bogle beat, that’s what contemporary dance music is at the moment. So reggae is more influential now than it’s ever been which makes me happy.
There’s some excellent artwork with the album and you’re auctioning some of it for charity. It’s nice to see performers taking an interest in the music as an artefact for a change. We used to love reading the album sleeves and looking through the racks at the record shop but now it’s all electronic, living in download world as we do. It can be a bit soul destroying when you spend a year or two of your life making an album from its inception to the point where it’s finished and you spend all that time and all that money and all that effort and then you see people listening on little white headsets coming out of their phones. It’s like why was I worried about getting the bottom end to sound just right and trying to marry the bass drum and the bass guitar perfectly; it all seems a bit futile but it’s what we do. When you go back and you’re re-recording tracks that you remember as classics they always seem a bit rougher than you remember them. So it’s nice to go in and do a clean version and try and reduce it as best I can. You act as the producer on the album. Is that something you’ve always done. UB40 have always produced their own around music and I like to be there at the mix because there’s nobody else who knows better than I do how I want it to sound. We had Sly and Robbie mix for us but even though they’re geniuses and we love them it’s never been exactly what we wanted out of our own music. We believe we’re the ones who know what it’s meant to sound like. Any particular favourite tracks on this album that you’d recommend we go listen to? I think people should go and have a look at the funny little movie that goes with She Loves Me Now. It’s a terrifying thing to follow in the footsteps of Dennis Hammond I felt the same way when we did Many Rivers To Cross. It’s a tall order. I had a lot of sleepless nights and worry because he’s one of my favourite singers. It’s a bit like taking on Stevie Wonder. That’s got to be one of my favourite tracks on the album because it’s one of my favourite songs of all time anyway. You’ve got lots of festivals lined up and an arena tour as well so you’re going to have a busy few months. We’re doing mostly festivals in England and Europe this year. I still love touring and playing live. As I said I’ve got the hottest reggae band in the world at the moment we’ve we’ve had Morgan Heritage play with us, and Inner Circle and and Jo Mersa Marley. Raging Fyah too, they’re one of my favourite bands of the moment. Well thanks for the chat, congratulations again on the album and we’ll hope to catch one of your summer festival shows. Thank you.
Greater Grimsby Heritage Action Zone promises a kickstart for local economic regeneration
lans for the regeneration of local economy received a boost last month 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 the 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
IN THE KNOW 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.”
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o City of Culture year has been and gone and what a year it was. From my point of view it meant Jeff Lynne, The Flaming Lips, Ocean Colour Scene and lots more. The question now is whether or not Hull can continue to attract big names, to the new Venue, or the football stadium or my special favourite Zebedee’s Yard for open air gigs and, of course, to the amazing Victorian pile that is the City Hall. Early signs are promising - maybe the City of Culture can do attitude is still around - and we have the likes of Orbital and Chase & Status and local hero Calum Scott lined up for the summer. The year’s major musical events start out with a sold out show from 80s pop legends Erasure at the City Hall. Support comes from up and coming nu-disco star Bright Light Bright Light who is making his second visit to the venue, having played last year’s LGBT rights festival night. He’s got some great catchy songs, a style that’s midway
between classic pop and musical theatre and a nice line in restrained ironic showmanship. Plenty of the crowd at the front are obviously fans already and it looks like he’s made a few more by the end of his set. The stage set up for Erasure is a surprise, with the duo separated from each other for most of the show, Andy Bell performing in the narrow space between the front of the stage and a large ziggurat constructed from scaffold and fluorescent tubes atop of which is Vince Clarke with his keyboards and a guitar. There are two dancers and singers who initially occupy frames, also fluorescently defined, on either side of the stage but their contribution is pretty minimal. All eyes are on Bell who dominates proceedings by sheer charismatic presence although Clarke descends from the gods towards the end of the set it almost seems like a one man show. But what a great show it is. Even though I’ve been playing Erasure tracks all week I’m amazed by the strength in depth in their back catalogue. The set kicks off with an eerily gorgeous Oh L’Amour and heads for a climax with Sometimes and Respect but along the way are Stop, Drama, Blue Savannah and a variety of Love related matters including Chains Of, Victims Of and Who Needs It Like That. Tracks from the new album World Be Gone are interspersed throughout and on tonight’s showing it’s a strong piece of work. All around the City Hall it’s pretty much a non stop dance-a-thon, from the main hall to the steep galleries and what more perfect way could there be to celebrate some of the most elegant and romantic pop music ever than dancing the night away. By the time Clarke descends for the last couple of songs you’d imagine that people would be exhausted but of course they’re not and the final Respect is a triumphant statement of the power of great pop music to unite people in joy. Fantastic
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here is nothing permanent except change. Now there’s a phrase. Often attributed to Heraclitus but possibly by some other clever old Greek but whoever said it first they had certainly noticed a key feature of the way the world works. However much we may crave stasis and continuity (and most of us do really, lets be honest) what we get is change. People, relationships, places, nothing is constant. A fascinating new exhibition, Place In Process, (at the Discovery Centre, Cleethorpes until April 22nd) and subtitled Landscapes of Present and Past Grimsby and Cleethorpes, reshaped and re-imagined) gives two artists,
Cleethorpes born Dale Mackie and Nottingham resident Steven Ingman the chance to explore the changing nature of places in time, whether it’s urban dereliction and decay in central Grimsby or seasonal change in the resort areas of Cleethorpes. Ingman has a long standing interest in the way in which our relationship with, and understanding of, environmental space is changed by the passage of time. His pictures in this exhibition show iconic places in Cleethorpes including the sea wall, the Fitties, the prom and the big wheel but with emphasis on their appearance in the off season.As he puts it -
“I enjoy the process of trying to understand an environment and its human interaction by exploring it through an inverted perspective. In my previous work I have contemplated the juxtaposition of night and day and derelict spaces in cityscapes. In addition, I am fascinated in the relationship between the natural and the man made world. Within these settings I delve into the layers of human history, change and narrative. I am constantly looking for the hidden stories and through the work I produce I aim to reshape the everyday, allowing the viewer to re-imagine, question and find new meaning..”
Dale Mackie on the other hand draws his inspitration from photographs of old Grimsby, showing buildings we have long since lost, often in the process of destruction. The images on display include the changing map of central Grimsby, a collage of departed businesses including many familiar names, and a series of monochrome drawings of
local buildings in the process of neglect and/or demolition. His pictures are infused with sadness at the losses to the town’s architectural history, particularly during the late 60s and early 70s when so much harm was done to the local environment, most notably in the Bullring area. As he says himself –
“If I had been born in Grimsby I no doubt would have ventured into some of those old historic buildings the town had to offer. Now all I can do is look at the old photos online and agree with all the comments: “Why did we rip the heart out of Grimsby?” It’s a fascinating exhibition for anyone with an interest in the way that our area has changed over the past few decades, admission is free and the show runs until April 22nd. For more information check out the Arts Meridian website and Facebook pages.
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RUNNERS UP AT THE BRITISH COACH TOURISM AWARDS 2017 WANT TO BEAT THE WINTER BLUES? WE HAVE A GREAT SELECTION OF EARLY SEASON BREAKS FOR YOU TO CHOOSE FROM WINTER WARMERS IN ABERFOYLE 5 days – February to April 2018 These five day breaks offer outstanding value. The Rob Roy Hotel has an excellent reputation for good food and warm friendly Scottish hospitality. Includes four nights DBB, excursion to Callandar & Stirling, optional excursions to Edinburgh and Perth, Dobbies, with scenic tour in the Loch Earn region. (£10 per person per trip payable to driver in resort) Two nights entertainment WINTER WARMERS IN THE COTSWOLDS 5 days – February & March 2018 Four nights DBB at the Royal Court Hotel, Coventry. Excursion to the thriving market town of Moreton-in-Marsh with optional excursions to Stratford upon Avon and Oxford & Banbury - £10pp per trip payable to driver in resort SNOWDROP TRAIL 3 days – 9th February See the lovely display of snowdrops in the grounds of Castle Howard (House not open) and meander through the stunning Snowdrop Walk at Goldsborough Hall. Free time to explore Harrogate, York and Leeds en route. Includes two nights DBB at the Leeds Bramhope Hotel. ORCHID FESTIVAL AT KEW GARDENS & RHS WISLEY 2 days – 3rd March Visit the 23rd Annual Orchid Festival at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. See the vibrant displays of Orchids in the Princess of Wales Conservatory. En route on the first day we visit RHS Garden Wisley. One night DBB at the 4*Holiday Inn Heathrow M4 Jct4. THRIPLOW DAFFODIL FESTIVAL 3 days – 16th March Thriplow becomes a car free zone as thousands of visitors admire the stunning daffodil displays, enjoy the Open Gardens and visit the various attractions at this fabulous festival. Two nights DBB at the 4* Hallmark Hotel Cambridge. Free time in Cambridge on the outward journey and Downtown Garden Centre, Grantham on the return.
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Could you run a Ron-a-thon? ALL SET FOR THE MAYOR’S CHALLENGE 2018
re you fit enough to face a 12 hour, non-stop exercise challenge in the name of charity? Local Mayor for North East Lincolnshire, Councillor Ron Shepherd, has this week launched his Mayor’s challenge – an annual project set up by the incumbent Mayor to raise money for his or her chosen charities. This year, Councillor Shepherd has chosen to host and take up the challenge of a 12 hour ‘Rona-thon’ of non-stop exercise to raise funds for his charities, Linkage and the Carers Support Service.
The challenge, which will run from 7am to 7pm on Friday 2 April 2018, is open to the public to spectate or join in. The Worshipful, the Mayor of North East Lincolnshire, Councillor Ron Shepherd, said: “I’m really looking forward to this Mayor’s challenge – I think it’ll be a tough one though. I hope that lots of people from all walks of life come along and get involved in any way they can – even if they can only do fifteen minutes or so on a treadmill. It’s all for two good local causes. All people have to do is gather sponsorship and commit to doing a length of time, and then turn up at
Grimsby Town Hall on the day and complete their challenge.” “I would like to thank Lincs Inspire for providing the machines - treadmills, rowing and cycling machines – for the challenge. If anyone wants to host their own Ron-a-thon on the day at a location that suits them, then they are more than welcome to do so, and if possible I will come along and visit and get involved.” To find out more about this year’s Mayor’s Challenge, contact Tracy Frisby or Paul Wisken on 01472 314101 or paul.wisken@ nelincs.gov.uk.
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t this time of year it’s traditional to overestimate our resources of grit and determination and to make promises that we can’t keep about our future virtue, but this year why not put the new into your New Year’s resolutions and inspire yourself by setting a different kind of goal for 2018 that will support Marie Curie and increase your fitness levels at the same time by signing up to take part in one of their amazing treks! Marie Curie treks are a fantastic way to see the places you never imagined you could! From the picturesque views of Great Wall of China to the glorious setting of the Peak District – there really is an experience for everyone. Marie Curie treks are designed to provide participants with an enormous sense of achievement, new friendships and the opportunity to raise serious sponsorship for your local Marie Curie services. With a little training a trek can be within everyone’s capabilities and it truly is the experience of a lifetime. Marie Curie Community Fundraiser Lauren Alexander is on the lookout for people interested in taking on a new
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