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Grimsby in General
Member Name: triplecthegame
Grimsby in General
Date: 30/01/01, updated on 13/06/02 (613 review reads)
Advantages: decent little town
Disadvantages: I live there
First a little background, I've lived here in this town we call Grimsby for a total of 21 years now and well I like the place it has to be said but then we stick with what we know don't we? (well I am thinking of moving to New Zealand but thats a different story altogether!), Now heres where most people might start to go on about the major events they've seen happen in the town but hey there isn't that much to tell, 3 lottery winners, 2 trips to wembley from our local football team (before it gets demolished) and errrrrrrrrrrr oh yeah! some woman who works in my local Lateshopper won the national bingo game at Gala recently, exciting stuff eh?
OK I admit it when it comes to life-changing events Grimsby isn't the place to be but it is homely though, theres all the regular attractions of a regular suburban town, shopping centre, plenty of schools, standard night-life and an average public transport service. So lets start with the shopping shall we? Freshney Place, a haven for school-children after 4 'o' clock and at weekends/school holidays its packed with most of your average high street stores and some of your not so average high street stores for your clothing needs theres the usual big names of Top Shop, Next and River Island all vying for your clothing needs plus a couple of local retailers in the duller side of the centre (market end) so you've got a little bit of a choice if you like you're clothing to be a little un-expensive then head to the local retailers, they don't stock the big names but then
its not the label you're paying for is it?, However if you like to wear instantly(-ish) recognizable names on your clothes then stick to the big names, but expect an average price increase of approximately £5 per garment.
Clothes not your choice well then theres the choice of music stores - wait for it theres a grand total of two specialist music stores in the Freshney Place area, sure WHSmith and Woolworths stock music but its really Virgin and Andys Records you want to hit, once again theres a bit of a difference, Virgins better if you know exactly what you want to buy or are looking for that slightly hard to find album that might be hiding in the aisles but theres little to no customer service here, most of the staff are usually too busy behind the counter or re-stocking the shelves to notice someone in need of assistance however once your at the counter with purchases already at hand we have to give a double thumbs up here because almost all of the staff serve you with a smile and seem genuinely happy to be there and of course we've got to look at those prices, well, errrm, good..... but not great, if you're looking for only one album you'll be better off looking elsewhere because 9 times out of 10 you can expect a price between £13.49 and £14.99 for one album, however if you hit them for the multibuys then hurrah, jackpot! 2 for £22, but they have some competition so at that stage we move onto Andys, my personal favourite, customer service here is second to none looking for a song but only know the lyrics, then ask the staff! they're always willing to help and even better they can delve into Andys huge back catalogue at ease and come up with that very-rare-hard-to-find Mongolian album just for you, all of this at a reasonable price, usually around £12.99 for an album and you can't fault them, except their store is outside of Freshney Place so you have to get cold to visit, jeez that paragraph went on sorry!
and clothes aren't your cup of tea? well then it'll be books you're after then, so follow me sir/madam (delete as applicable) - this time theres only really 2 contenders again, Ottakers and WHSmith and sorry WHSmith but Ottakers out-does you on every scale here, price - well you can almost always find the book you're searching for cheaper at Ottakers, customer service - comfy chairs to sit and read your choices in Ottakers, say no more! but being serious this is a close run thing, both stores have great customer service its just Ottakers seems a little bit more homelier, and finally selection well once again Ottakers wins hands down if you can't find the book you're looking for ask, if the store assistant can't point it out to you then more often than not they'll be able to order it where-as with WHSmith seemingly branching into other products they just don't seem to have the same selection that Ottakers do, sorry!
Last bit on shopping, honest! general stores, these are basically going to be your shops that can't be categorized into one area or don't have any major competition in the area, well theres Woolworths (or Woolies whichever takes your fancy) which as with everywhere else is your average everything-under-one-roof store, Music, Videos, Games, Clothes, Sweets and plenty of homewares straight across the way from Woolworths is the only dedicated games store in the town - Electronics Boutique, catering for your Dreamcast, Playstation 1/2, PC, N64 and Gameboy needs efficiently, theres Dixons, Currys and Comet (with Dixons being the only one in the centre but the others aren't *that* far away) these all come under the same banner because theres not that much that seperates them and your two main catalogue shops - Index and Argos, much the same as Dixons etc there isn't anything that seperates these two stores hence them going in this category. Before I go special mention must be made for a small independ
ent store tucked away in the outskirts of the main shopping area called StarRider, its a Sc-fi fans heaven with availability of any daft memorabilia you need to find at a price thats just right!
Shopping over!, honest! now we move onto nightlife (groan), not exactly the best offerings to be honest this is a town that has its fair share of 'rough pubs' (not mentioning any names, at all lets just leave those out eh?), but there are a couple of genuinely great places, first off on 'the crawl' there is the Wheatsheaf a traditional local pub which caters to a lot of youths from the local colleges (we'll get back to those later) and offers a decent pint/bottle/whatever at varying prices and with the add-on 'Its a Scream!' then its usually a good place to start, sober still? then lets continue - into town we go and onto 'Woods' (full name TP Woods) a night-club-style of pub that offers a wide range of choices in beers and unfortunatly alcopops (god I hate them) and seems to have a mixed clientelle of people ranging from late-teen to early forties, however as with the whole of the town centre to get served you need to be able to shout because the volume the music gets played at thats the only way the bar-staff are going to hear you, (I won't repeat this sentence over and over again - lets just say that this is the same for all establishments in this paragraph) after that we move onto the local 'Edwards' (my favourite) once again we have a very varied clientelle and drinks at a price that doesn't hurt your pocket too much, along with it being one of only 2 places that plays any music different to the usual dance music in this section the bouncers seem to be of just the right tempremant for a pub in town.
Now then a warning the next pub we're going to hit is Huxters, not so much of a pub than a pub/nightclub - during the day its a quiet bar at night its a heaving nightclub, want to go in there for free
on Saturday? get in there before 10:30pm otherwise you have to pay (don't know how much - never been late), so if you're a 'con-artist' like me just go in there approximately 10:25 stay for a quick drink then back to Edwards making sure you get your stamp on the back of your hand that allows you to re-enter for free on your way out, as a nightclub, its alright but there seems to be a core contingency of youngsters that go there (we're not talking 19-upwards, more like 15-upwards) and of course some of them are only there for a fight, so after ducking a couple of fists its onto the specialist night-club of towm 'Gullys' (full name Gullivers) which costs £4 to get in and is a shoebox to be honest, the drinks as with any other nightclub in the UK the drinks aren't much cheaper than the entrance fee, but then theres the music, now we have a different choice - everything from 'dance' to 'rock and a little in between, its not the best place to end the night but, well if you're on a pub-crawl 21-year-old-stylee then its the only place to end your night.
What you're not into that kind of night out? don't blame you so lets move away from the town centre shall we? well theres more quiter pubs for you to visit such as 'the Longship' (very hard to find) well thats one of those places where if you're not a regular there you stand out like a sore thumb but the prices are cheap so hey-ho, others well theres the Trawl, a bit more of an upper-class pub and a lot more quieter than the town centre pubs and really I have to be honest those are the only 2 I visit in town, now I know theres a lot of 'Social Clubs' in town but trust me I don't even dare give those a look!
You want to eat out? well you'll be lucky - we're looking mostly at the public houses again which will gladly put out 'pub food' for you at a reasonable price and after that we're looking at all the usual
local takeaways and eat-out places, so there isn't that much to say really, we're a fishy town so of course theres a few fish restaurants dotted about but you're more likely to find your local 'chipp' (fish and chip shop) than a restaurant.
So you want to get educated do you? well theres plenty of schools in and around the town theres my old school Hereford (the best because I hail from there - natch), Western school (Herefords rivals, sorry but it still happens) and Wintringham school - well these are the three main schools of the town and surprise surprise I prefer Hereford, well I would wouldn't I but it usually comes down to which area of town you live in as to which school to go to and they're all pretty much the same, but then if you look a little further there are a few more schools 'Tollbar' school, Healing Comp amongst others these are very hard for me to even comment on as I've never been so I'll abstain, just so that you know they're there.
What you're too old for senior school? well its time for college then my good friend and you have one of two choices - Grimsby College or Franklin College, Franklin being the newer and Grimsby College being the bigger of the two, now having been a student at both colleges from one time to another I have to say that I preferred my time at Franklin, I don't know if its because its newer but all the staff seemed to have a more student-friendly feel to them where-as Grimsby College there was only one member of staff who I could say the same about, luckily it was my tutor (Sally-Ann) but unfortunately shes left the college now, however I only ever noticed her office as I was on a distance learning course at the college but I still had time to meet other tutors (replacements for holiday/sick/whatever) and none of them really seemed as approachable as Sally-Ann, maybe its because they weren't my usual tutors but they just didn't seem to care,
where-as no matter what relationship you had with tutors from Franklin they seemed only too pleased to help you, however when it came to facilities then both of them rate highly with Grimsby College only just coming out on top due to a special restaurant just for students, sorry if my looks at the local education isn't that extensive but then I have to admit that a lot of my time at college I didn't ever think that I'd be writing a review on dooyoo about them hence the shortness!
Now then you've got your education you need a job, well, good luck! the jobs market in Grimsby isn't great, its good but its not perfect in fact you're more than likely going to end up working in one of the many factories to be found around grimsby or work for one of the tonne of employment agencies that seem to be saturating the town at the moment for minimum pay (currently at my chosen place of work £4.20 an hour on a 36 hour week), so its not great but stick at it with 'some' of the companies and you might find promotion if you're lucky.
Finally you look tired after all that work, I've got just the thing for you - non-alcohol-enduced fun!, well theres some fun to be had, one cinema that doesn't show 'that many' different films in fact you're lucky if theres 4 films being shown at any one time and some of the more 'popular' films get over-looked completely most recent victim - Coyote Ugly, so if you're wanting to see a film then it'd be better to visit one of the mega-plexes in Kingston-Upon-Hull (only half an hour to an hours drive) theres a lot better selection there, But if its live performances you're wanting we have the auditorium - its held concerts to some of the best and some of the worst bands/acts ever - best being Beautiful South and James, worse being the likes of Roy 'Chubby' Brown and his like, prices aren't that bad but they're not too great either and because the
place is so danged small it often sells out fast after that for fun theres the comedy of errors that is watching the local football team Grimsby Town Football Club lose again (not technically in Grimsby, Blundell Park is in Cleethorpes now theres a bit of trivia for you) and of course as with a lot in Grimsby we have a small-town club with a small-town budget so if you're going to support us don't expect any big name signings eh? and last but not least (but very nearly) theres the 'Heritage Centre' also known as the 'National Fishing Museum', aye we used to be the biggest fishing port in the world don't you know and the fair councillors of Grimsby decided to create a museum to commemorate this and well OK its extensive if you ever wanted to know about fishing (not a lot of us do) and some of it is very interesting, but not much, sorry.
Well there you go a grimbarians point of view on Grimsby, did I change your thoughts on the town?, No? well I changed mine, I'm off to New Zealand! Yo Taxi!!
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