Thousands flock to Grimsby’s Royal Dock to enjoy port open day

June 30, 2016

More than 5,000 people descended on the Port of Grimsby to see the Naval vessels on display

More than 5,000 people visited Grimsby’s Royal Dock on Sunday (26th June) to take advantage of a free open day organised by Associated British Ports (ABP).

The event was arranged to celebrate National Armed Forces Day, which is thought to have attracted around 200,000 people to Grimsby and Cleethorpes the day before.

As well as plenty of family friendly activities such as bouncy castles, face painting and pilot launch trips around the dock complex, visitors were also able to get on board a number of vessels including Sandown class Mine Countermeasures Vessel HMS Blyth, TS Royalist and an offshore wind operations and maintenance vessel courtesy of Windcat Workboats.

Patrol boats HMS Ranger and HMS Blazer were also on display and visitors were serenaded by the Sea Cadets band as they enjoyed ice creams on the quayside.

ABP Director Humber, Simon Bird said: “The weekend was absolutely superb and the borough did an excellent job of celebrating National Armed Forces Day. The displays and parades were thoroughly enjoyable and as the Naval vessels were berthed at the Port of Grimsby we opened up the gates to allow people onto Royal Dock to see them up close.

“The open day was a huge success. Thousands of people were able to enjoy a day out exploring the dock seeing vessels they wouldn’t ordinarily see and we were delighted to be able to join in the celebrations and provide an event that everyone could enjoy.”