Stuart Russell: Which port was bigger? Hull or Grimsby?
NOW here's a question for all you proud Grimbos who worked in or around the fishing industry:
Which was the biggest fishing port in the country – Hull or Grimsby?
It's an argument which has gone on for decades and it came up yet again recently when a friend took me to task for suggesting that it was Hull which lay claim to being the biggest.
I reckon Grimsby was the biggest in terms of fish landings way back in the 1930s, but then Hull took over through to the Seventies largely by having a bigger fleet of sidewinder vessels which were then steadily replaced by freezers until 1976 when they were withdrawn following the Cod War settlement which effectively ended the British distant water industry.
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So I'll stick with Hull (being a Hull-Gully I have to).
Your views are welcome.