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‘Lived in worse places’ Grimsby fury as ‘backward’ town named one of worst places in UK

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A recent study by iLiveHere rated the coastal Yorkshire town as the 18th worst place to live, with Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire coming last. Grimsby was described in the rankings as “backward, cold and unfriendly”, but residents reacted with pride to their home town, despite its perceived faults.

Speaking to GrimsbyLive, Emma Dillon said: “I moved here four years ago and have absolutely no regrets. I’ve lived in worse places.”

Meanwhile, Caroline Mole said: “I love living in Grimsby, I’m very proud of my town and no matter where you live, you always have some problems as that is just the way of the world.

“We are blessed where we live. We have the beach, the woods, and people are very friendly and happy to help each other, I love living here.”

Danielle Hill, who recently moved to the area, said: “I moved up here mid-2021 and [it] is one of the best places I have ever lived – in fact, the best place I have lived.

“Friendly people, nothing is far away, many amenities all within short drives or walks away.

“I reckon if Grimsby were to change its name all of the stigma would change with it.

“Lovely place, if you haven’t considered moving here, you should.”

The town’s name was what attracted actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen to it as the setting for his 2016 eponymous film.

In one interview, he said: “I love the name Grimsby. I thought it would be great if this James Bond’s brother lives in a place called Grimsby.”

Baron Cohen visited the town in October 2014 while developing the film, watching the local football team play Cambridge United and touring local pubs.

Speaking to locals, he found that the people who lived there were not the “scroungers they’re depicted as” but victims of a fishing industry that was shut down.

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He added: “The vilification of those people is completely unjust. That was the real eye opener.”

However, other residents of the town – which sits on the estuary of the river Humber, south of Hull – were less complimentary about Grimsby.

Helena Richardson said: “It’s a dump and will take more than an unnecessary new bridge and some landscaping near the church to sort out.”

A new footbridge in the town was opened in June last year, as part of a £20million regeneration project with Government funding.

It formed part of a £3.5million makeover of Grimsby’s riverside.

Similarly, Norman Edwards commented: “I have lived in Scunthorpe, Kings Lynn, Boston and now Grimsby – and I can tell you it should be number one of worst places to live. What an absolute dump.

“Crime is high, rubbish in all the town streets and alley ways; I’ll be glad to see the back of it.

“People who stick up for Grimsby are clearly untraveled and haven’t seen other places.”

Additional reporting by Luke Green

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