Monthly Archive: September 2017

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Your guide to the Lincolnshire Food & Drink Festival featuring top chefs, music, live demos, a food court and much more

The time has finally arrived for the return of the Live Local Lincolnshire Food and Drink Festival with a wealth of entertainment on offer including celebrity chefs, music, live cookery demonstrations – and even a chance to test your skills as an HGV driver!

Among the headline attractions at the Grimsby Institute between 11am and 4pm on Sunday (October 1) will be appearances from TV chefs Rachel Green and Colin McGurran, who are getting ready to show off their gastronomic skills to food fans.

Organised by the Grimsby and Scunthorpe Telegraph and sponsored again by DFDS, the Live Local Lincolnshire Food And Drink Festival focuses on a theme of “field to fork”, with stalls and demonstrations celebrating the best of our county’s rich food heritage.

TV Chef Rachel Green who will be at the 2017 Live Local Lincolnshire Food And Drink Festival (Image: John Jenkins)

Aside from the food and live music, the team from one of North East Lincolnshire’s most iconic landmarks – Waltham Windmill – will be on hand to demonstrate how flour is made.

And there will be appearances from the much-loved Grimsby Morris Men, as well as a hog roast and barbecue from popular Grimsby catering firm The Arc.

Gourmet sausage burgers and beef burgers and lamb kebabs will also be on the menu at the barbecue.

Winteringham Fields chef patron Colin McGurran (Image: David Haber)

What’s happening and where

11.15am–noon – Christos Spiteri – Lincolnshire Food Court

Noon – Rachel Green Demo – Demonstration Kitchen (ticketed)

1.30pm – Colin McGurran Demo – Demonstration Kitchen (ticketed)

2pm – Morris Men – Alfresco Quarter

2.15pm–3pm – Billy Beach – Lincolnshire Food Court

3pm Institute Live Cooking Demo – Demonstration Kitchen

Tickets for cooking demonstrations are FREE. Please collect from Kimberley Spauls between 11am and 11.30am from the Live Learning area.

Ticketed only due to limited space.

Tickets are given out on a first come first served basis.

Where you’ll find everything going on at the Lincolnshire Food & Drink Festival

Here’s a run-down of what else you can expect to see

DFDS

DFDS is an integral part of the region’s economy, handling hundreds of thousands of tonnes of goods for distribution across the UK and for export by road, sea and air.

DFDS staff will be on hand to discuss training and career opportunities across the business, whether at the port of Immingham or at Grimsby in cargo handling, warehousing and distribution. Video presentations by DFDS staff look behind the scenes at varied careers across the business.

You’ll also be able to test your driving skills on the Scania HGV simulator and DFDS remote-control Lego truck.

Alfred Enderby

With Grimsby’s famous fishing industry being hot in the press right now, the Live Local Food and Drink Festival is the perfect time to sample some of Grimsby’s finest ingredients, with top chef Rachel Green preparing a truly traditional taste especially for Alfred Enderby Ltd.

Grimsby Traditional Fish Smoker, Alfred Enderby Ltd will be promoting their superior artisan smoked salmon live at the Food and Drink Festival and will be serving up their speciality products to a local audience with mouth-watering recipes and simple serving suggestions.

This family-run business has been using traditional fish smoking methods for over a century and have even been recognised and awarded Protected Geographical Indication from the European Union for their unique skill and refined production.

Their “melt in the mouth” cold smoked haddock and salmon is used by some of the most well-known top chefs including Marco Pierre White and Rick Stein and is served in some of the country’s finest restaurants: The Ivy and Scott’s Mayfair in London.

Available to buy through leading high-end retailers and wholesalers, the Alfred Enderby brand has built a reputation for producing the finest quality, authentic products infused with natural flavours at seriously competitive prices.

As a trusted supplier, they have a loyal customer base of online buyers who order directly from www.alfredenderby.co.uk and even welcome visitors to their smoke house on the legendary fish docks in Grimsby.

Passionate about brand quality and essence, new owner Patrick Salmon said: “Our products are especially popular online with customers ordering our luxurious salmon to send as a unique gift to their customers and friends!

“It’s a great gift to say hello or thank you and we are already taking orders for, dare I say it, Christmas.”

Pick up your Alfred Enderby and Rachel Green recipe card at the show.

Pin Gin

Bottomley Distillers Ltd is the brain-child of director and head distiller Alan Bottomley.

He writes: “In early February 2016, on a drive home from work (perhaps past some Christmas trees) I had been thinking about the skill of distilling that I had learnt from my father. I arrived home to tell my partner and fellow director, Amy that we were going to ‘Make gin and grow Christmas Trees’. Naturally she wasn’t as enthused by the idea!

“I started experimenting with a small 1ltr alembic still, then with the help of friends, family and like-minded acquaintances I had reached a recipe that everyone loved.

“From this point, there was a little tweaking, then we reached the final recipe.

“Why Pin Gin? Amy wanted to play upon the fact that I had wanted to grow Christmas trees and so began with a little word play.

“First came pine needles, then needles and pins, pin rhymed with gin, Pin Gin it was!

“We used to joke about people drinking a Pin and Tonic, now that’s a reality!

“Pin Gin is created using just ten botanicals, juniper, cucumber, liquorice root, almonds, orange peel, lemon peel, cinnamon, black peppercorns, rose petals and lavender.

“We sell our product, in 70cl and 20cl bottles for retail, we like to advise our customers of how is best to serve their Pin and Tonic, but we do also encourage people to drink their gin as they like it!

“See our ‘Guide to a perfect Pin & Tonic’ to find out more.”

Ferry Ales Brewery

Ferry Ales Brewery (F.A.B) was founded in 2016 by John Cussons and Mike Holman, two professionals who have spent the last ten years commuting daily for work on planes, trains and automobiles to London, across the UK and the globe.

John and Mike first met in 2010 on the station platform at Newark while travelling into London. Seven years later, Ferry Ales Brewery operates from Ferry Hill Farm in Fiskerton, Lincoln.

All the names of the beers from F.A.B are inspired from the local history and folklore of the area surrounding Fiskerton and Lincoln and include: Just Jane (a traditional session bitter), 49 SQN (a best bitter), Lincoln Lager (a pilsner), Witham Shield (a pale ale), Smokey Joe (a smoked porter), Slippery Hitch (a rye beer), Wodewose (a red IPA) and Golden Fleece (a blonde). Golden Fleece has just taken the bronze award at the SIBA Eastern Region 2017 beer competition.

Just Jane bitter was created as part of the brewery’s commitment to help and support the community in Lincolnshire. For every pint sold, Ferry Ales Brewery donates 10p to the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre to support the Just Jane Avro Lancaster NX611 restoration project.

Don’t be the last in the queue to try FABulous hand crafted ales and lagers come and find us in the Lincolnshire Food court and try the our ales and lagers.

Young’s Seafood

We believe that a fish-loving nation is a happier, healthier nation.

So, our vision at Young’s is to inspire people to love fish now, and for generations to come.

We’ve been doing so since 1805 when Elizabeth Young first started selling whitebait, through to leading seafood innovation such as the invention of scampi, to today, where we’re the UK’s number 1 fish and seafood company with much-loved ranges including Gastro and Chip Shop.

The Lincolnshire Food & Drink Festival 2017 is a celebration of local food and local food producers, from field to fork and from ocean to plate.

We’re proud to sponsor the live cooking demonstrations where Colin McGurran, proprietor of Wintringham Fields Restaurant and winner of the BBC’s Great British Menu, and Lincolnshire Chef Rachel Green will be inspiring people with a live cooking showcase.

It’ll be a great family day, packed with activities and fun.

We encourage all of Grimsby to come along, and be inspired by local produce made by local people.

Music from Lincolnshire’s Got Talent winner and runner-up

The winner and a runner-up from the 2017 Lincolnshire’s Got Talent competition will be serving up treats of the melodic kind amid all the edible fancies on offer at the Live Local Lincolnshire Food and Drink Festival.

Christos Spiteri

A wealth of local musical talent has now been lined up to provide some foot-tapping entertainment. Lincolnshire’s Got Talent winner Christos Spiteri will be joined by Billy Beech, who wowed judges at the final earlier this year.

Scunthorpe singer and songwriter Christos brought the sold-out Moon On The Water to a standstill when he emotionally performed his self-penned song Tears, which the 25-year-old sang at his grandmother’s funeral.On the night, judges Dean Fox, Rick Emsley and Gill Ross gave him an almost-perfect score, ensuring he walked away with the £500 top prize.

Billy Beech

Meanwhile, expect the festival to be brought to life with an energetic performance from talented teenager Billy Beech, 14.

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Biker almost killed and paralysed in horror crash to become first superhero in a wheelchair

A biker who has become an inspiration after being paralysed in a horrific crash is to become the first wheelchair-bound animated superhero.

Marcus Perrineau-Daley, 29, was not expected to live after coming off his motorbike. He broke his neck, back and two ribs and severed his spinal cord.

But against all odds he pulled through. He shocked medics, who thought he would be paralysed below the collarbone, by regaining the use of his arms.

Since then he has qualified as a personal trainer and helps run boxing classes for young people.

Since pulling through his injuries Marcus has qualified as a personal trainer and teaches wheelchair boxing (Image: Adam Gerrard/Sunday Mirror)

Actor Idris Elba called his story “an inspiration”. And now Marcus has become an ambassador for the Transform Trauma appeal, which is backed by the Sunday Mirror.

It aims to raise £1million for research into trauma injuries, Britain’s biggest killer of people under 40.

Marcus has been animated in a video for the campaign by Gingerbeard Productions, based in Essex. He is in talks to be in a video game too.

Marcus will front the Transform Trauma Appeal as an animated character

Transform Trauma Appeal is being run by Barts charity (Image: Internet Unknown)

“Games don’t have heroes and characters that really reflect what it’s like to be in a wheelchair,” says Marcus. “I’m creating a character that represents people like me, paralysed or injured in accidents, but who want to do amazing things.

“I’m really excited. We’re talking to people now but we’d love to hear from more developers who can help us make this a unique, ground-breaking game.

“If this game can inspire and educate – and raise vital funds for trauma research – then it will make everything I’ve been through these last three years worth it.”

Marcus had only met girlfriend Merissa Campbell, 34, two months before he crashed (Image: Adam Gerrard/Sunday Mirror)

One of the aims of the Transform Trauma Appeal – run by Barts Charity – is to raise vital funds to continue research by the Centre for Trauma Sciences, such as into repairing spinal cord damage.

The damage causes life-long disabilities that affect 40,000 other people in the UK.

The centre’s work has helped to double survival rates among the most critically injured patients in the past decade. But every hour, two more die from a trauma injury and another eight will suffer ­life-changing injuries.

The charity appeal aims to raise vital funds to continue research into repairing spinal cord damage (Image: Adam Gerrard/Sunday Mirror)

Marcus had only met girlfriend Merissa Campbell, 34, just three months before he crashed overtaking a pick-up truck near Reigate, Surrey, in October 2014.

Rissa, an international artist known as Cooly G, said: “It was love at first sight.”

The couple plan to marry soon – and even add to their family.

Marcus, who has a seven-year-old daughter, said: “My injuries meant it was difficult for us to have a normal relationship at first, but it’s not impossible.”

Traumatic injuries like Marcus’ are devastating and can happen to anyone.

Every hour in the UK, 2 people will die from a catastrophic trauma injury and another 8 will be left with life changing disabilities.

Thanks to investment in trauma hospitals and research in the UK over the last decade, hundreds of people are alive now who would have died from their injuries 10 years ago.

But there are still huge gaps in trauma knowledge and treatment that desperately need more support.

For example – there are over 40,000 people living with spinal cord injury in the UK. We want to fund vital research into how to repair the nervous system cell damage that causes life-long disabilities such as paralysis.

The work of the Centre for Trauma Sciences spans many dimensions of trauma, including brain and spinal cord injury, and rehabilitation outcomes.

The Transform Trauma appeal aims to raise much needed medical research funds to save more lives and reduce the incidence of permanent disability.

Trauma in the UK currently attracts less than 1% of research funding, despite being the biggest cause of death and disability for the under 40s.

How to donate

Go online via JustGiving at bit.ly/transformtrauma

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Tiger Trailers continues roaring success of its Apprenticeship Scheme

Tiger Trailers’ popular Engineering Manufacturing apprenticeship programme has moved into its fourth year, with the company welcoming its latest intake of 10 new apprentices, as well as celebrating the first of its original group to complete the course.

When Tiger Trailers opened the doors to its Winsford factory in 2014, one of the first things Joint Managing Directors John and Steven Cartwright wanted to put in place was a well-structured apprenticeship programme, designed to nurture the best local talent from the area. To date, it has enrolled more than 30 young people to the scheme.

Steven Cartwright says: “We want to build a passionate, skilled workforce here at Tiger – and our apprentices are very much a part of that. We put a lot of effort into the programme and are willing to invest in every single person who joins the course. It’s great to see that all the hard work our original apprentices have put in is now coming to fruition, and we’re excited to see what the next group has to offer!”

Through a partnership with Mid-Cheshire College – now Warrington & Vale Royal College – Tiger originally offered a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Engineering Manufacturing. This year, the latest recruits are tackling a two-year, Level 2 programme, removing the mostly classroom-based third year. This change in approach was built around apprentice feedback, with the majority wanting a course weighed less heavily towards the classroom that they could complete sooner. That said, Tiger will support any of its apprentices to continue to Level 3, deciding if this is necessary on a case by case basis.

Each apprentice learns the skills of the industry on the shop floor, working with a mentor for four months on each of the major manufacturing stages; from body building and welding, through to auto electrics and pre-delivery inspection, each apprentice gains the knowledge required to help build the trailers and truck bodies Tiger supplies to some of the UK’s most recognisable brands.

Tiger Trailers is rapidly expanding and will soon begin construction on a new £22 million manufacturing facility, also located in Winsford. The new factory will also see an expansion of the company’s apprenticeship programme, with a dedicated training centre included in the building design that will allow Tiger to potentially double its yearly intake, as well as offer new courses across every aspect of the business.

“The new factory and training centre will provide us with the opportunity to increase the numbers of apprentices we take on each year, as well as adding to the range of skills and courses we are able to offer. This will provide us with all the tools we will need to spearhead Tiger’s growth into the next decade,” concludes Cartwright.