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.

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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.

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Following the performance, the children could take part in free craft activities…

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… or have their face painted in the cafe and gift shop.

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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’.

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While you were outside or in Grimsby Town Centre, you may have spotted Lobster A La Carte (you couldn’t really miss him…)

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Nor could you miss the 12ft adventurer Lady Augusta. 

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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.