#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.

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...

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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Christine Plant MBE

Christine Plant MBE was born in Cleethorpes and has lived in Grimsby for most of her life. Over the years, she has dedicated hour and after hour to supporting and encouraging the people of the local community. This June, Christine celebrates 47 years as a Scout Leader...

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Paul Garnett, 1st Cleethorpes Sea Scouts

Paul ‘Skip’ Garnett joined the 1st Cleethorpes Sea Scouts at the age of 9, and now he has been a Sea Scout Leader for 40 years. In that time he’s given hundreds of young people the opportunity to learn the values of Scouting – integrity, respect, care, belief and...

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Mark Webb

Hundreds of entrepreneurs across North East Lincolnshire have had the support of Mark Webb. Mark was born in Zimbabwe and at the age of 21 travelled across Europe before moving to London with just a “rucksack, £50 and a lot of ambition”. Several years ago he moved to...

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John Ellis

Since opening in 1972, Shalom Youth Centre has welcomed over 4,000 children and teenagers through its doors, giving them a warm, safe place to play, learn and ‘keep off the street’. It was founded by Canon John Ellis, who still runs the project today with a caring,...

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