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This week has been a pretty important week for Grimsby, the World Seafood Congress has been in town. Delegates from the across the globe descended on Grimsby to discuss key issues within the fishing sector, and so this was the perfect opportunity for businesses in the area to show their support – and that is exactly what they did.
The Culture House, a provider of live arts at community events, hosted The Festival of the Sea, a two-day celebration of Grimsby’s rich maritime history. Taking place at the Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre, families from across North East Lincolnshire were invited to join in a weekend of free activities, all sea-themed of course.
To begin, families could catch a performance of The Fisherman and the Pearl, a wonderful story of a fisherman, McManus and “a precious gift that gives him knowledge of the creatures below the waves”. This was presented by the Lempen Puppet Theatre Company in partnership with the Marine Conservation Society.
Following the performance, the children could take part in free craft activities…
… or have their face painted in the cafe and gift shop.
Outside of the centre Gyoko Taiko, a Humber-based Japanese drumming ensemble, performed a small selection of songs live in the bandstand. This included a piece that has been specially created to represent community and heritage in North East Lincolnshire, ‘Follow the Fishing’, which incorporated traditional dance and voices in addition to taiko drumming. Gyoko translates as ‘fishing port’.
While you were outside or in Grimsby Town Centre, you may have spotted Lobster A La Carte (you couldn’t really miss him…)
Nor could you miss the 12ft adventurer Lady Augusta.
Lady Augusta Llewelyn-Gordon, a giant in her many scientific fields, visited the Grimsby Heritage Centre alongside her two field assistants. She helped the children identify sea creatures and encouraged them to discover interesting pieces in the centre.
The Festival of the Sea continued on Sunday with a reading from local author Rebecca Mascuall of her latest novel ‘Song of the Sea Maid’, and ‘Grimsby Bound’, a reading of poetry inspired by the 19th century fishing trade from Gordon Wilson, set to live music from local folk band Merlin’s Keep.
It was wonderful to have such a fun, creative community event taking place that was absolutely free to attend to celebrate what was a significant event.
- Read more about the acts of the Festival of the Sea.
- Follow The Culture House on Twitter, who live tweeted the event on Saturday.
Last Christmas a brand new cookery show for Lincolnshire was introduced, The Lincolnshire Kitchen, which saw local chef Rachel Green travel round the county visiting local suppliers and cooking up a selection of Christmas dishes. Now, Rachel Green and East Coast Pictures are back with all new episodes and all new name, just in time for summer.
The Local Kitchen has been touring the county once again for the region’s best produce and recipes, with a weekend-stop at the historic Lincoln Castle and the 1000 Years Traditional Crafts event.
1000 Years of Traditional Crafts is an annual two-day celebration of Lincolnshire’s heritage. The grounds are filled with traditional craftsmen, from stone masons to iron mongers, and the historic quarter of Lincoln city hosts a selection of food producers. The 2014 event also provided guests with the opportunity to walk around the Castle’s wall and prisons, which are currently undergoing restoration ready for their public opening in 2015. This will be also be the year that the Magna Carta returns to Lincoln Castle.
The Local Kitchen team were here to capture the history, to learn about ancient Lincoln recipes, and to cook up some of their own summer delights.
Here’s a sneak peak of what’s to come.
Rachel Green’s The Local Kitchen will be coming to local television and online later on the summer.