#wearegrim

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In recent years, Grimsby’s profile has seen a change. There’s been a wave of positivity thanks to dedication and growing faith in the area. Grimbarians is a photo-documentary project that highlights the change happening in and around Grimsby. It tells the stories of the great, fascinating and inspirational people at the heart of the movement, including charitable and religious figures, businessmen and women, and those who have had a positive impact on the town’s perception and morale in their own way.

Ian Macdonald

If you recognise Ian, it will either be from the doors of Gulliver's (Gullies, to the locals), where a two-week job turned into 18 years as a doorman, or as a part of the historic Grimsby Rugby Union Football Club.  Ian Macdonald has lived in Grimsby all of his life....

Lacie Stembridge

Lacie Stembridge, who was born and grew up in the Grimsby area, began Karate at the age of seven. By 11, she was competing as a part of the JKS England team – the same year she received her black belt. Her love of Karate began when a family member, who ran her own...

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Mike Cartwright

Over the years, Mike Cartwright has reported on some of the biggest local, national, and international news stories. He was born just outside of Grimsby and attended school in the area, before travelling to Cardiff to attend university. His first role in Journalism...

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Sammie Boyd

Three years ago, Sammie Boyd 'accidentally' started a creative agency. Today, many local girls, teenagers, and women are a part of The Model House, travelling to destinations to work with brands whilst building their confidence on, and off, the camera. Sammie grew up...

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Lucy Partington

Were you born in Grimsby and did you go to school here? I was, I was born at Grimsby Hospital and I went to nursery in Scartho, then went to Scartho Infant and then Scartho Junior Schools before moving to Toll Bar School and Sixth Form.  Can you tell me a little about...

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Andrew Jones

Since 2006, Andrew Jones has been teaching karate to the children of Grimsby at his very own club, Kaizen No-Michi. Andrew, who moved to Grimsby in 2006 after meeting his wife Jackie, was inspired by the movies of Bruce Lee and decided to join a karate school in his...

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Steven Bennett

Steven Bennett grew up in Louth, Lincolnshire into a passionate foodie family. He is the son of a baker and butcher, and spent the very early years of his budding career learning the family trade. He ventured into the food industry, specialising in catering and...

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Brenda Fisher

In 1951, Brenda Fisher broke the World Record for swimming across the English Channel, becoming the fastest woman to do so in 12 hours and 42 minutes. Born in Scartho in 1927, she learned to swim during her family's summer holidays in nearby Mablethorpe, and joined...

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Garry Bainbridge

Garry Bainbridge is a Grimbarian, businessman and race-winning sailor who has taken part in some of the most competitive yacht races across the globe.  16 years ago, Garry started his sailing career when he took part in his first race along the French Rivera coast -...

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Jessica Townsend

Grimsby-born Jessica Townsend is a bridalwear designer with her very own studio, Wold Couture. She completed an Art Foundation at Grimsby College, exploring the combination of nature with art and fashion, before leaving the area to further her studies at the London...

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