Local History Collection Merchandise

Issued: Wednesday 22 June 2016








Lincs Inspire libraries are launching a range of merchandise using images from the libraries Local History collection.

The images have been chosen to reflect the Wartime history of the area plus a representation of two of the most iconic structures in Grimsby and Cleethorpes – the Dock Tower and Cleethorpes Pier.

The unique merchandise, which consists of tea towels, mugs, notepads, keyrings, tote bags and magnets, will go on sale on Saturday 25 June and will be available at Cleethorpes Library.

Jennie Cartwright, Development Officer for Lincs Inspire Libraries, said: “We wanted to pick images with both a military background plus iconic structures of the area because of the influx of people coming from away for Armed Forces Day who may be wanting to take away asouvenir.”

Each item in the collection has an interesting story, as Jennie explained: “The Cytos bread image, which features on a magnet, was actually an advert that appeared in the local papers during the First World War.

“The image on one of the mugs in the collection features Ticklers jam and the men are members of the 5th Lincolns. Ticklers was a local jam-making business whose premises were situated down Pasture Street roughly at the back of Halfords spanning Sheepfold Street and Bowling Green Lane.  It was well-known locally that the tins of jam they made were supplied to the troops in the trenches in France, in fact a well-known cartoonist, Bruce Bairnsfather, depicted the tins being held by a soldier bemoaning the fact that it was plum and strawberry flavour again!

“We hope that the merchandise will appeal to visitors to the area as well as our own local community.”

There is limited stock available, so people are advised to get in early! For more information contact Cleethorpes Library on (01472) 323650.