Let’s meet James Daniel……..
Tell me a little bit about yourself?
I’m James, I am 36 and I mainly work as a quantity surveyor. I also have a commercial drone licence. My passions are walking, photography and reading.
Have you always lived in North East Lincolnshire?
No. I was working away a lot and actually ended up moving to near London, which was never part of my plan. I love London as a tourist, but really didn’t enjoy working there. I moved back to North East Lincolnshiret two and a half years ago, and I think it’s easily the best decision I made.
What is your favourite thing to do in the area?
Walking down by the beach. If I have a few hours, I’ll often walk from the docks to the Humber Mouth Yacht Club.
Where are your favourite places to shop?
I don’t do a huge amount of shopping, but I like the boutiques of Seaview Street in Cleethorpes. St Peters Avenue and nearby has some good independent local butchers and grocers.
Where is your favourite place to eat?
Tedici in Abbeygate does the best pizza in the area in my opinion and has a lovely cosy atmosphere. But I think the area is blessed with lots of quality independent restaurants.
Tell me what a perfect North East Lincolnshire day would look like to you?
I’d watch the sun rise, either on a walk or with the camera – being on the East Coast the sunrises are often spectacular. I’d pop to Riverhead Coffee on St Peters Avenue for breakfast. Then I’d head to Cleethorpes library to read my book. Lunch would be taken with delicious fish and chips at Ocean Fish Bar, again on St Peters Avenu, followed by a long walk to the yacht club and possibly on towards Tetney to walk it off, stopping off at the Signal Box Inn for a refreshment on the way back.
Finally, I’d head over to Grimsby for dinner with pizza at Tedici and wash that down with a couple of pints at Docks Beers.
If someone was new to the area what would be the first thing you’d tell them to do / check out?
I think there’s so much to check out that is a really difficult question! I still work away a fair bit and when I get back I’m craving to see the beach and the coast, so I’d suggest they get themselves there. Otherwise, book a brewery tour at Docks Beers or explore the National Fishing Heritage Centre to get a feel for the history of the area.
If you could change one thing about North East Lincolnshire what would it be?
I think there are a lot of derelict and underused areas that have huge potential; I’d love to see them redeveloped, but I understand that this is likely to require huge sums of money. Companies such as Orsted setting up big operations in the area is a huge plus, and I hope they will attract investment to the area in terms of suppliers co-locating etc.
Do you have a “go to” place to chill out, relax and unwind?
The driftwood bench on the bit of beach in front of the beach huts. Not many people head out that way so it’s typically very quiet and I find watching the ships head to and from the North Sea is very calming.
What is the best thing about living in North East Lincolnshire?
For me, it’s a combination of things. I’m drawn to the coast more as I’m older, even though I can’t swim and I don’t surf or paddle board!
Plus there’s a huge range of independent restaurants and shops and I think the cost of property is cheap compared to many areas of the country.
Brilliant thank you for that James, was great to get to know a little more about you and your North East Lincs world!
If you’d like to check out some of James’s work you can follow him on Instagram @jameswdaniel
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** all photos taken by James