Wednesday, August 10, 2022

ABP plans guided tours of Grimsby’s Kasbah for open day event

Associated British Ports is to take part in this year’s Heritage Open Days by opening the doors on the historic Kasbah on the Port of Grimsby on Saturday 17 September.

After a two-year gap due to the Covid-19 pandemic the opportunity to host a physical open day is great news for all those businesses involved, says ABP. The open day will focus on family friendly activities and tours of this Conservation Area.

Activities and demonstrations include net braiding, fish filleting, an exhibition of artwork, and a chance to peek inside some of the historic buildings which are being renovated under the PSiCA grant scheme.

Simon Bird, Regional Director of the Humber ports said: “The Kasbah is a unique place with so much history and heritage. These open days are a great way of learning more about the past but also learning about the future and the work being undertaken to preserve its identity.

“There are a great number of businesses at the port of Grimsby who are all passionate and keen to showcase what they do. It’s an exciting time and we’re keen to support them in any way we can.”

Cllr Tom Furneaux, Portfolio Holder for Tourism, Leisure and Culture said: “This is a great way of seeing some of our local heritage and is always popular with those local to North East Lincolnshire – many of whom will have relations who worked in the Kasbah or ‘down dock’ in years past. Our heritage is incredibly important to us all and something we must keep alive for future generations to come.”

Stella Jackson, Heritage Action Zone project manager at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “We’ve been working hard, with support from national organisations like Arts Council England, National Lottery Heritage Fund and Heritage England to find ways of using the historic buildings on the port estate. It’s thanks to them that we’re seeing some great projects come forward, helping to secure some of our local landmarks for the future.”

Guided tours will focus on the history of the place, its buildings and location, while there will also be an opportunity to explore one of the port’s many smokehouses (Alfred Enderby Smokehouse) and a chance to visit two of the buildings that are undergoing renovation.

The open day will take place on Saturday 17 September 2022 from 10am to 4pm

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