How YOU can help Grimsby's historic Ice Factory live on forever
SHARE your memories of Grimsby's Ice Factory so it is never forgotten.
That is the call from Grimsby Ice Factory Trust after receiving £6,400 from the Heritage Lottery to create an online archive of the historic building.
The funding is a huge boost to the Trust, which last week officially unveiled a £12 million plan to transform it into a leisure complex with a cinema, climbing wall and a pub, at a public consultation.
Trustee and member of the Project Ice management team, Roy Horobin, said: "We want people to connect with the history of the place before it is lost forever. It is very much a people project, we want their memories and for them to have ownership of it.
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"The sad truth is, that in five years time, there will not be many people around who knew of the Ice Factory back then. This will stop their memories becoming lost."
Each story will be recorded and preserved online, along with photographs and films for all to see.
The Trust believes transforming the Ice Factory will lead to regeneration of the waterside and Freeman Street area and describe receiving Heritage Lottery funding as proof they too have faith in the old building.
Fellow trustee and Project Ice management team member David Pitcher added: "This is a huge boost for us. We are so pleased at how enthusiastic Heritage Lottery has been about this project. It described the Ice Factory as one of the most important buildings in industrial history. It was amazed by the machinery inside, there is nothing left like it."
Roy added: "It has an industrial beauty and we know that if people have vision and will, we could do something with it and get something started."
If you want to share your memories with Project Ice, visit www.facebook.com/projecticegy or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org