Monday, May 29, 2017


You can call in at Brigg Tourist Information Centre and book a FREE seat on one of the Saturday train trips around Scunthorpe steelworks.
That's right, you do not have to buy a ticket.
Just give your name and phone number to staff at the Buttercross and turn up on the appointed day to board the train.
You can park your car in the British Steel visitor car park, which is only a few dozen yards from the special platform, near Brigg Road, used for the Saturday afternoon excursions.
We went on the first of the 2017 season but there are others coming up on June 3 and 10 and then through to late September.
Our two-coach train was hauled by a steam loco which took us over 15 miles of track.
We skirted the ironworks and passed the steelmaking plant and the mill that rolls rails.
There was a stop at the loco depot so we could take a look round but for obvious reasons we did not leave our carriage while out on the plant.
An excellent afternoon tour. We left a tenner apiece as a donation after leaving the train.
These tours are run by volunteers from the
Appleby-Frodingham Railway Preservation Society. Ours lasted 2 hrs 30 mins.
You need to be on the platform by 1.15pm for a 1.30pm departure.
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But we stress you must book through Brigg Tourist Information.
If you do have a car available, take the No 4 Hornsby bus from Brigg. You then face a walk of a few hundred yards to the platform off Brigg Road, close to the main steelworks offices.
We hadn't been round the steelworks since 1979.
So we appreciated the expert commentary given to passengers aboard the train.


More live music is coming up to enjoy in Brigg town centre.
The Dirty Something will be playing a gig at the White Hart pub, Bridge Street, on Saturday, June 10, from 9pm.
Their play list includes hits made famous by Iron Maiden, David Bowie, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin  and many others.


Safety enforcement cameras are to target another location in the Brigg area.
Following recent visits to the A18 on Scawby Road and the A15 leading to Barnetby Top, enforcement officers will be on Ermine Street, Broughton, on Monday, June 5.
Safer Roads Humber says it uses a range of enforcement equipment to ensure that the speed limit is enforced at safety camera sites.
So be sure to obey the instruction on the road signs whenever you venture out in your vehicle.

Sunday, May 28, 2017


Brigg Town Cricket Club secured a handsome nine-wicket win over Haxey 2nds yesterday in division four of the Lincolnshire County Cricket League, sponsored by Readers.
Haxey elected to bat first but were dismissed for only 60, with Owen Dunderdale taking four wickets and Danny Minshall and Nick Beacock three apiece.
Brigg made short work of reaching their  moderate target, Jack Richards scoring 16, Danny Bradley 25 not out and James Wood 16 not out.
Brigg gained the maximum 20 points from this victory and are fourth in the table.
The game was played at Keelby with Brigg as yet  unable to use the town's Recreation Ground.
This coming Saturday they will entertain Old Lincolnians 2nds - this time at Hibaldstow. The game starts at 1.30pm.


Wow! What a great day in Brigg on Saturday with the double draw for visitors and townsfolk of the Riverside Festival and the May bank holiday farmers' market and adjoining general market, provided by North Lincolnshire Council.
There were a couple of short-lived late morning  showers but otherwise the ideal hot and sunny weather prevailed.
We walked down Bridge Street and Island Carr to Glanford Boat Club to view the snack bar, ice cream van, bouncy castle and kids' slide before taking the free boat back along the River Ancholme to the landing stage near the B&M store car park.
It was the first time in 60 years that we'd been afloat on our local river.
We met a family from Appleby who had cycled down the new riverside track- it took about an hour - and guided them to Ancholme Rowing Club's Manley Gardens HQ where rowing boat and canoe instruction were being provided by Jim Copson and his colleagues.
We then visited the very busy markets before calling in at Natalie Sankey's sweet shop, on Wrawby Street, to purchase some treats for a young family member about to pay Brigg a visit.
Due purely to the hot weather and all that walking, we felt a sudden need to quench our thirst with an early afternoon stop off at the Britannia Inn's spring beer festival.
It continues today and tomorrow, Monday.
Good ale - friendly staff.
This is not in any way a criticism but in future years perhaps a few riverside festival directional signs would help visitors who are not Brigg residents find the locations of events.
There were actually two boats serving the public.
In addition to the one we boarded from the boat club, the familiar Firefly was operating from the White Hart pub jetty near the County Bridge. It has links to Brandy Wharf.
Later in the afternoon, the wind got up and  it clouded over for a brief period but by then - like many others - we had spent up and gone home!
We congratulate the Ancholme River Trust, Glanford Boat Club Ancholme Rowing Club  and Glanford and Scunthorpe Canoe Club volunteers and the council for their efforts.


If you are among the many in Brigg who like to map out their meals for the week in advance, take note that National Fish & Chip Day 2017 will be on Friday, June 2.
Folk across the UK are being urged to tuck into a portion of this great British dish.
We are fortunate to have three places (plaices?) two of which have restaurant facilities.
The ones where you can eat in or takeaway are Scalinis, on Wrawby Street, and the Hungry Fisherman, down Coney Court.
The Garden, on Grammar School Road, is the other chippie of note.
Of course, you can find "one of each" on offer at various Brigg eateries which do not restrict themselves just to fish, including Wetherspoon's White Horse pub/restaurant.


High-ranking officials of Brigg Town Business Partnership are pictured here at the conclusion of the recent annual meeting and cheese & wine evening in the function suite at the Buttercross.
Left to right: Co vice-chairman David Carrick, of Grandad's Shed;  chairwoman Coun Deb Dunderdale, from the Deli Diner; Coun Jane Kitching, co vice-chairwoman.
Malcolm Bailey retired as chairman at the AGM, with Coun Deb stepping up to the plate. Fitting when you consider her managerial role at one of Brigg's best-known eateries!