A talk on the origins of Grimsby and its world-famous fishing industry will take place at St Andrew’s Hospice next month.

A talk on the origins of Grimsby and its world-famous fishing industry will take place at St Andrew’s Hospice next month.

On Thursday 22 February, Dr Stephen Bloy, a local historian and author, will deliver a talk titled ‘The Origins of Grimsby and the Fishing Industry’ in the Hub at the hospice on Peaks Lane.

In addition, Dr Bloy will be signing copies of his book the Hidden Truth, as well as his other novels; Searching for Walter, John’s Promise and Damned Without Cause.

The talk will be based on the book the Hidden Truth, which Dr Bloy describes as a ‘factional’ novel that is based on the reality and subsequent growth of Grimsby as a fishing port in Victorian times.

“Hidden Truth was my second book and was inspired by a lot of the research I did for my first novel, Searching for Walter,” said Dr Bloy.

“The characters in Hidden Truth are fictional but the story is based on facts acquired from my research.”

In addition, attendees will find out just what it was like to be a fisherman in Grimsby in the mid-1800s.

Dr Bloy added: “The talk will focus on the rise of the fishing industry in Grimsby from the 1840s onwards and of the cruelty and hardships faced, not just by the fishermen but also the apprentices.

“The coming of the railway saw Grimsby rapidly develop into a wealthy town with the world’s premier fishing port but very few know the terrible price that those at sea paid to create that wealth.”

The talk will take place in the Hub at St Andrew’s Hospice on Thursday 22 February from 6.30pm-8.30pm at a cost of £3.50 per person, with all proceeds going to support the hospice.

For information or to make a booking, please contact Theresa on 01472 571 266 or visit the reception at the hospice on Peaks Lane.

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