I am going to be doing a series of “Meet the Local” blog posts. Some of these people will be friends of mine, people I meet through my work, or people who are inspiring within the town.
So I though it only fitting I kick it off with me answering the questions I am going to be asking everyone else, so here we go…….
Tell me a little bit about yourself?
I’m Gemma, I am 35 years young! I live in Cleethorpes with my boyfriend John and I work for HCUK Training with businesses across the whole of the Humber, including my beloved Cleethorpes.
I love reading especially crime thrillers, business and personal growth books, writing (as you can probably tell from the blog) and being outdoors.
Have you always lived in North East Lincolnshire?
I was born in Cleethorpes and lived here until I was 27. I then moved to London the plan was to stay there for around two years but ended up staying for five. My next move was to Manchester where I spent three years and must say this place is my second home. I love Manchester, it’s people and it’s vibe! It’ll always hold a special place in my heart.
In July 2018 I moved back to Cleethorpes and the rest is history!
What is your favourite thing to do in the area?
Be outdoors, be that at the beach or going for a walk in one of our many green spots like Peoples Park, Weelsby Woods or walking from Cleethorpes out to Tetney I just love being outside and in nature.
There’s also just as much to do in the Winter as there is in the Summer! Winter walks are the best!
Where are your favourite places to shop?
I love all the small, independent retailers that have popped up in Cleethorpes. Forw4rd in Cleethorpes for clothes. The new Arttopia on Grant Street for a mix of fun, quirky retailers like Clee Glass and Art Dollz (I will get one of these on my shelf soon). Seaview Street is cool for little independents. Coastal Silver is one of my go to places for silver jewellery I love their stuff! John’s Mum & Daughter did a jewellery workshop there too recently and absolutely loved it so it’s definitely on my to-do list.
Where is your favourite place to eat?
This is a tough question as there are so many great places:
Browns Cafe on the seafront for a full English
Riverhead Coffee for a lighter breakfast (avocado on toast with bacon is amazing) or sunshine smoothie
Papas Fish and Chips are AMAZING
Tell me what a perfect North East Lincolnshire day would look like to you?
Wake up early, grab a coffee and go down to the seafront to see the gorgeous sunrise. I’d then take a picnic to the beach and spend the whole day there paddle-boarding (or at least sitting on it whilst John paddles me around haha), lazing in the sun, building sandcastles, eating fish and chips, not forgetting an ice-cream.
Then on the evening going for a walk along the seafront, maybe stopping at the The Punchbowl for a drink (the staff there are lovely).
If someone was new to the area what would be the first thing you’d tell them to do / check out?
There are so many places it’s hard to pick one! When I’ve been away visiting friends in the cities I always want to get back to nature.
If you could change one thing about North East Lincolnshire what would it be?
The entrance into Grimsby from the A180, it’s a little grim and grey! Also be nice see some investment into Cleethorpe Road, so many empty shops down there which is such a shame. There is a lot of regeneration going on in Cleethorpes and Grimsby right now like Freeman Street, the Kasbah, the docks so can’t wait to see all of that come into fruition.
Do you have a “go to” place to chill out, relax and unwind?
When I need some time out from the hustle and bustle there’s nothing better than a drive down to the beach near the fitties. Seeing all the quirky little chalets, the beach down that end tends to be quite peaceful and not as commercial. Especially in the morning when it’s quiet. The perfect place to go to chill out and recharge.
What is the best thing about living in North East Lincolnshire?
Being by the sea! But feel like I’ve bigged that up enough! So…..one of the big things that has stood out to me since moving back to the area is the business culture in the area, there’s so much going on it’s amazing! The way people help each other and support each other in the business world here is fantastic. People want to see other businesses thriving, it’s very refreshing after the cut throat world of the big cities. It’s so welcoming and friendly!
Hope you have enjoyed that little insight into me and my North East Lincs! Look out for more “Meet the Locals” posts and if you’d like to feature yourself drop me an email firstname.lastname@example.org.