#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.

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...

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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Toni Ann Buckle Weavers

Toni Ann grew up by the Cleethorpes seaside, and her passion for the water, beach and outdoors plays a huge part in her everyday life. In 2011, Toni was introduced to surfing by her husband, Vince, and three years ago had her first go at SUP (stand up paddleboard) –...

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Austin Mitchell

For 37 years, Austin Mitchell served as MP for the Great Grimsby constituency. Austin, who was born and raised in Yorkshire, began his career in the House of Commons following time in Academics, both as a student and a University Lecturer in New Zealand. He also...

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Zac Shaw

Athlete Zac Shaw is currently over in Australia getting ready for his next big competition – the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Zac, who grew up in Grimsby and became a member of Cleethorpes Athletics Club, is visually impaired and will be one of 18 para athletes competing...

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Ash Taylor

Ash Taylor moved to Cleethorpes when he was 10 years old, spending his childhood here and getting his first experience of radio. In 2007, Ash joined Compass FM, the local radio station for Grimsby, Cleethorpes and Immingham, to help with the production of the Saturday...

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Abbie Dewhurst

As you sit down with a cup of tea in the morning, evening or nightime, you may spot Abbie Dewhurst presenting the daily weather forecasts across BBC Look North. After growing up in the Grimsby area, Abbie used her determination and talent to secure experience at local...

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