1. Elton John’s song ‘Grimsby’ was written by Bernie Taupin about his youth spent in the town as a young lad. One line of the 1974 reads: “Oh England you’re fair, but there’s none to compare with my Grimsby.
Through nights of mad youth, I have loved every sluice in your harbour.”
2. The Port of Grimsby is the UK’s largest port by tonnage. During World War II, had the German invasion been successful, Grimsby would have been one of the first landing points in the north of England.
3. Grimsby has featured in films – used for filming scenes for 1986 film ‘Clockwise’, starring John Cleese and Penelope Wilton, while Grimsby’s famous docks were used in ‘This Is England’.
4. Grimsby has homed celebrities!
T-Rex bass player Steve Currie, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy actor John Hurt, This Is England star Thomas Turgoose and recent X-Factor contestant Ella Henderson, now signed with Simon Cowell.
5. Grimsby Town Football club, known as the Mariners, is not based in Grimsby! Blundell Park ground is based in Cleethorpes – so the club never really play at home.
6. When the Olympic Torch passed through Grimsby, it was abseiled down Grimsby Dock Tower on Day 40 of the relay.
7. The first North Sea natural gas find was made only 40 miles from Grimsby in 1965.
8. In 1086, Grimsby was mentioned in the Domesday Book, and was listed as having a population of 200. The town now has a population of almost 90,000.
If you’ve been looking for a weekend away, Grimsby has some of the finest seafood in the country and Beeches Hotel and Restaurant would be more than happy to accommodate you. We are proud of our Brasserie restaurant, cosy hotel rooms.