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About

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.

Jack Grant

In June, Grimbarian Jack Grant will be fighting for the Lightweight Title in Cage Warriors 106: Night of Champions - Europe’s leading mixed martial arts organisation. Jack, who was born in Grimsby, began his MMA journey in 2002 when his mum took him to his first...

Zoe Proctor

In recent months, brands such as River Island and Marks & Spencer, and television shows on Channel 4 and CBBC, have become more inclusive in the talent they are hiring - actors, performers, and models with disabilities or additional needs. A leading agency for...

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Tina Brocklebank

Tina Brocklebank is a true make-up artist. The Grimbarian, born and raised in the area, studied make-up at The London College of Fashion before moving to Nottingham to become a freelance make-up artist. Throughout her award-winning career, Tina has created looks for...

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Dave Berry

Grimsby Traditional Smoked Fish is shipped across the UK and beyond. It’s recognised for its craftmanship, its taste, and its quality. For almost 45 years, Dave Berry has been helping to produce this renowned delicacy. Born and raised in the town, Dave began working...

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Patrick Hawes

Patrick Hawes has been described as “one of the country’s most popular and inspirational composers.” Born in Grimsby, Patrick went to school in the Lincolnshire area, including Welhome Primary School, before heading to Durham University to read music as an organ...

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Kirsty Douglas

In 2011, Kirsty Douglas saw her very first roller derby bout at Grimsby Leisure Centre when Lincoln’s The Imposters took on Manchester Roller Derby, and she fell in love with the game straight away. “So many strong, inspirational women skating fast and hitting hard,...

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Grace Robinson

Since 2014, Classroom in the Woods has given over 6,000 young people the opportunity to learn in the great outdoors, inspiring school children from nursery-age to Year 6, in both their school and everyday lives. Grace Robinson moved back from London to join the family...

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Richard Askam

Richard Askam has turned his inspirational business story into a career as a globe-trotting motivational speaker, spreading the good word of Grimsby along the way. Born in Cleethorpes, Richard worked in his family’s renowned drinks business for over 20 years. When he...

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Sam Delaney

Sam Delaney is a true honorary Grimbarian. Since moving to Grimsby in 2012, he has made an undeniable impact on the community, supporting those going through the recovery process in order to live a life free of addiction with his Community Interest Company, CREATIVE...

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David Wrightam

This year, David Wrightam has celebrated 60 years in theatre. Born in Grimsby, David had his first experience of the stage at age 8, when he joined a Caxton Theatre production of A Christmas Carol in the role of Tiny Tim. He trained with the Caxton Players until he...

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The Grimbarians Blog

What’s in a name?

For far too long, the town of Grimsby has been a victim of its own name. After all, “it’s grim up north,” is an all too popular phrase. Though the town gets its fair share of drizzle, the word “Grim” means a lot more to its residents than typical English weather and...

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Guest post: The Tidal Optimist

Something that many of our Grimbarians have in common is their passion for bringing what they have learned throughout their lives back to the area, helping to change perceptions and inspire people within the community. Richard Askam, a motivational speaker, grew his...

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Recap: Grimbarians Preview Night

Back in January 2018, when we first launched Grimbarians, we knew it would only be a matter of time before we held our first public previews of the project's portraits. As the months passed, more and more recommendations were coming in to us, and our Facebook and...

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