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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.

Alexis Powell-Howard

In recent years, more and more people have been reaching out for mental health support, turning to therapy to help with negative feelings, pressures, and stresses of everyday life. For nearly 20 years, Alexis Powell-Howard has been helping people to understand their...

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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Charlotte Hay

Charlotte Hay is ‘Grimsby through and through’. She grew up in Healing, went to school in the village, and attended college in Grimsby before moving to London to study and begin her career. Her mum grew up in Healing, her dad in Grimsby, and her Grandpa was even the...

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Mike Burton

Mike Burton truly loves living in our town. Born and raised in Grimsby, he dedicates his time to empowering people, young and old within our community – and that’s outside of his role as a Principal at Grimsby’s Orchard independent school. Five years ago, Mike founded...

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Charlotte Bowen

At age 18, Charlotte Bowen left her hometown of Grimsby to study Design and Media in London. It was here that she got to experience all kinds of rich, vibrant arts and culture – ultimately bringing that passion and inspiration back to our area for all the community to...

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Andy Carr

Any Grimsby Town Football Club fan will know Andy Carr – he is the Mighty Mariner. Born and raised in Grimsby, Andy was taken to his first GTFC match in 1987 by a friend and his dad, and he has been a loyal supporter ever since. In 2000, Andy took his dedication to...

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Will Douglas & Shahram Shadan

Shahram Shadan was born and raised in the Grimsby area, and Will Douglas – the grandson of the late town clerk, Frederick Ward - spent 40 years in London before making the move to the town five years ago. The two friends joined forces and together, they are bringing...

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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....

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The Grimbarians Blog

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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The Grimbarians Blog

Hi everyone, and welcome to the brand new blog from Grimbarians. Since 1st January 2018, we’ve been sharing the portraits and stories of people from Grimsby, and have been completely overwhelmed by the response and support we’ve received so far – thank you, everyone....

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