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Celebrating the Great Wall of Grimsby

10:03 am, Thursday, 8th December 2022 - 1 year ago

Culture, events and tourism

A group of artists were joined by North East Lincolnshire’s Mayor for the official reveal of a magnificent new mural depicting much-loved scenes in Grimsby.

The Great Wall of Grimsby, which can be found on the Needham’s Butchers building in Garibaldi Street, includes meticulously detailed characters, shopfronts, buildings and lost landmarks from the town.

Artist Dale Mackie designed the new mural, which was painted over several months by Sam Delaney and scores of volunteers from arts recovery organisation Creative Start CIC.

The Great Wall of Grimsby is the fourth mural in the Paint the Town Proud project. Others can be found at the entrance to the Grimsby Town FC Fanzone, the side of Little Oaks Nursery on Corporation Road and the side of Appleleaf Chartered Accountants’ building in Town Hall Street.

Speaking at the opening event, Cllr Stephen Beasant, Mayor of North East Lincolnshire, said:

“This is an absolutely amazing artwork. As a ward councillor and Mayor of North East Lincolnshire, I’m immensely proud and over the moon to see it.

“A lot of people have been involved in this and I’d like to thank you all for what you’ve done.

“This is really celebrating the heritage of the town. It means so much to me. It’s one of the highlights of my mayoral year.

“This is going to be a lasting legacy for the East Marsh and we should all be proud of it, whether we’re young, old or whatever. It is absolutely fantastic, it’s a work of art.”

Paint the Town Proud was commissioned by Grimsby Creates and is led by Creative Start CIC with the Culture House and was part-funded by the East Marsh Ward Members from their ward funding.

Paint the Town Proud is part of the Grimsby Creates Programme, which is funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and administered by Arts Council England as part of the Cultural Development Fund (CDF).

For more details about Paint the Town Proud visit and for Grimsby Creates visit

Guests gathered for the official reveal of the Great Wall of Grimsby.
The Mayor with Sam Delaney of Creative Start CIC
The Mayor with Sam Delaney of Creative Start CIC – can you spot the ‘fork handles’ in the shop window behind them.
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