Appeal to save Grimsby's Ice Factory hits a high note
CAMPAIGNERS fighting to save Grimsby's landmark Ice Factory have hit a high note.
They have exceeded their target in a fundraising effort which could pave the way for the transformation of Grimsby's historic Kasbah area of the docks.
A total of £2,900 was raised in less than a month towards an appraisal.
As reported, the Great Grimsby Ice Factory Trust is applying for a £10,000 options appraisal to examine the potential for development.
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As part of the appraisal, experts will look at the various ideas for the site and what the chances of success are.
They include proposals for a restaurant, art gallery, climbing wall, cinema, office accommodation and heritage centre to display the Ice Factory's crucial importance to Grimsby's fishing industry.
It has been left redundant since 1990 but still retains the ice-making machinery.
English Heritage has indicated it would permit partial removal of some of the equipment, but other parts will be retained for heritage.
Up to £7,500 for the appraisal will be funded by the Architectural Heritage Fund.
The group had to attract donations of £2,500 before the end of last month, but exceeded the amount by £400.
A musical evening featuring folk band The Life And Times Of The Brothers Hogg and Lincolnshire folk singer John Connolly at Lucarly's, in Humberston, helped raise £330 towards the appeal.
Trust spokesman Roy Horobin said: "With this kind of momentum we can achieve our aims.
"The next steps are deciding an architect for the project and the market research.
"We are elated to have raised the money so quickly and above our target amount. That reflects really positively on the people of Grimsby. The town's businesses and individuals have responded magnificently.
"We wish to thank everyone for their contributions. We had one anonymous businessman give £500 and another donor handed over £100."
He said the Trust had not asked for any council funding.
An announcement on the chosen architect is expected within days.
To make a pledge, write or send a cheque to Great Grimsby Ice Factory Trust, 67 Bargate, Grimsby DN34 5BD. Alternatively, visit www.grimsbyice.co.uk and send a donation via Paypal.