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Grimsby’s “magnificent” Ice Factory

My hometown Grimsby was featured on the Food Programme on Radio 4 on Sunday Sheila Dillon extolled the virtues of Grimsby Traditional cold smoked haddock and the the wonderful building that is the Great grimsby Ice Factory. Here’s a quote from what she said

“Grimsby Docks are extraordinary. If you want to know about Britain at the height of it’s imperial power, come to Grimsby Docks. Over there is the Ice House (Ice Factory), I mean it’s a palace, it’s a red brick palace with porticos and grand arches around the windows and it used to produce hundreds, thousands of tons of ice for one of the greatest ports in Europe. Now the windows are smashed, I don’t know whether any part of it is still in production. It certainly doesn’t look like it, it looks as though they bring in the ice from outside. But it’s the grandest building and it shows you what Grimsby used to be and in a way it shows you what the traditional fish smokers actually want to revive about this place, it’s magnificent.”

The image below shows Sheila Dillon with Richard Enderby of Alfred Enderby Ltd , traditional Grimsby fish smokers.

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Paint • Stitch • in progress 2

In the early morning listening to Radio 4 the news all seems to be bad. My most recent piece is called Some things never change. The need to make this work was triggered by an interview with a mother telling the reporter of the fate of her children aged 12,10 and 5 , killed by mortar fire in a war that was not hers. As a mother myself the interview deeply affected me. I have never been a particularly political person but I feel the need to speak out, in my own way, about the victims of these senseless conflicts. Born in 1913 my Dad was a child of the 1st World war, the so called the war to end war and I have used his image, along that of his siblings, as a mechanism to portray the plight of children still caught up in war in 2012. Thousands of kisses cover a concrete pillar for those who will never receive them. The images are of the work in progress.