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It aint as bad as it smells
Grimsby in General
Member Name: Grimsbygal
Grimsby in General
Date: 25/01/01, updated on 18/04/01 (273 review reads)
Advantages: near the sea, plenty to do
Ok so here is my first major update. I have just looked over my old opinions and am quite disgusted with the quality. Grimsby isn’t as bad as it smells, it’s actually worse. I am only joking.
So Grimsby might smell of fish but it is not that bad. I hated the plaice (please excuse the pun) until I moved away from the area but know I quite like it. I tend to go home once a month and cannot get enough of it. Don’t get me wrong there are some bad areas but if you live in a place with non you are very, very lucky.
I class Cleethorpes as Grimsby as well as they are joining towns and it’s hard to say where one ends and the other starts. SO really this opinion is not just on Grimsby but on Cleethorpes as well so think of it this way you are getting two opinions for the price of one.
As I am a skint student one thing I try to do when I am back home is go shopping. Preferably with my mum when she is feeling generous. If you are shopping for clothes Cleethorpes is a no no. Actually, unless you are shopping for fish and chips or a stick of rock Cleethorpes is a waste of time.
The main shopping area is Freshney Place that is in Grimsby’s town centre. It is a fairly big shopping centre with plenty of shops to chose from. Some of the most popular shops amongst the locals and also tourists are Next, Dorothy Perkins, Woolworths, New Look, Marks and Spencers, BHS, Binns (Known more commonly as House of Frazer), River Island, H Samuel, Burtons, Sports Soccer, JJB, and also many more. It is very clean and also operates with a non-smoking policy around the centre that is good news for people like me.
Blundell Park is actually in Cleethorpes so in theory Grimsby Town never plays at home. I have been to this ground on many occasions to watch the great Mariners and I can honestly say on a Saturday afternoon it is one of the coldest grounds in the country
with the North Sea blowing straight into your face.
Grimsby Town is quite a well-known club and in 1998 they got to Wembley twice in one season and won on both occasions. I am proud to say I was there cheering my hometown on as were most of Grimsby.
As for other sports, there are many to chose from and there is a good athletics track called King George that is used for several competitions throughout the summer.
There are many Secondary schools dotted around all over the place.
The two best ones in the area for both results and truancy rates are Humberston and Healing.
There are also a few sixth forms and two colleges.
Grimsby College is also a campus for the University of Nottingham.
There are plenty of jobs in the fish industry if you are prepared to work long hours in factories. It is hard to find a well-paid job that provides you with job satisfaction in Grimsby.
Okay so there are a few crimes in Grimsby but not many in comparison to most other places in the country. There have been a few murders in the past few years but the culprits have been caught.
Grimsby is one of the biggest ports in the world, known as the food town of Europe. They have the National Heritage Fishing Museum, which is quite popular with the tourists. Grimsby is also known for being lucky with many lottery millionaires and is sometimes referred to as Winsby.
Believe it or not Grimsby is popular with tourists from around the country. Cleethorpes is the main place for tourists popular with people from Yorkshire in particular. It has many B&B and holiday camps as well the most popular being Thorpe Park that is a caravan park. There are plenty of places for people to go such as Pleasure Island theme park, the beach, leisure centre, bowling alley and amusement arcades amongst others.
f you are feeling a bit puckish there are many places in Grimsby to go. If you are into fish and chips Grimsby is the place to be. Here you will find the most famous and tastiest fish and chips in the country. Trust one lot you will be going back for more.
There are also some nice restaurants in the town although the best places are probably the country pubs.
Food is cheap everywhere and if you are a McDonalds freak there are three in the town to choose from. 9two drive-thrus)
Grimsby town centre has many pubs and is busy every weekend but the main place to be for a lively night out is Cleethorpes.
The seafront is full of pubs that are cheap and cheerful.
They are also some good clubs for a town although I wouldn’t compare them to Cream or top clubs in the country. Pier 39 is the most popular in the town although it costs about £7.00 to get in which is a bit overpriced if you ask me.
Houses are dirt cheap in Grimsby. There are really nice areas where you can get 3 bedroom bungalows for around £60,000 but you can get a terraced house nearer the centre for anything from £18,000 upwards.
Grimsby is a popular place for retired people as the houses are cheap but there is a lack of jobs.
I don’t think Grimsby deserves all the stick it gets from the papers especially the Sun. I have been to many places worse than Grimsby and you can’t argue about the friendliness of the people. People will go out of their way to help anyone.
I enjoyed living there for 18 years and like to go back as often as possible. One thing I have noticed that people are a lot more friendlier here than many other areas.
One major disadvantage of living in grimsby is the weather. The wind constantly blows from the North Sea and trust me it is cold. If you ever go to Grimsby, take this word of warning, "Wrap up warm"
Thanks for reading
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