Gritty Grimsby is not a Tourist Town

“Grimsby was not at all what I had expected…. The town centre was not compact and charming and town like, but grubbily urban with busy roads which were difficult to cross on foot” – Bill Bryson

I used to like Bill Bryson, I thought he was funny but in his last lamentable book ‘The Road to Little Dribbling”  he had the above to say about Grimsby.  I am not a Grimbarian so I have no axe to grind.  I am not arguing with him but I just got the sense that he hadn’t really visited Grimsby at all and his dismissive assessment was based on a Google search.  Despite its shortcomings I think the town deserves more than a quarter page in one of Bill’s travel books.

The lyricist Bernie Taupin lived here as a teenager and he liked it…

“As I lay dreaming in my bedAcross the great divideI thought I heard the trawler boatsReturning on the tideAnd in this vision of my home The shingle beach did ringI saw the lights along the pierThat made my senses sing”

The song ‘Grimsby’ featured on the 1974 Elton John album called  ‘Caribou’

I have lived in Grimsby for ten years and I rather like it.

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7 responses to “Gritty Grimsby is not a Tourist Town

  1. I’ve never been, but I do remember a fish van fro Grimsby that used to come round weekly when I lived in Scunthorpe. Great fish and my mum used to buy scrap ends that she cooked up for our dog.


  2. Well, Grimsby sounds a bit grim … but then, I love the beach photo. And that big lady with the tattooed Shakespeare play (or whatever), that could be quite interesting … although, like you’ve said, why on earth would you like to do something like that to your body?
    Thanks, I had a good laugh now 😄.


  3. I’ve never been to Grimsby either. Maybe the name projects bad vibes onto the town and it would look better called something happier?!


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