Sunday, November 19, 2017


Celebrity couple Steph and Dom Parker came to Brigg to film five TV programmes screened last week on Channel Four.
Brigg Blog had a tip-off some weeks ago that they had been sighted in the town centre near Newell's and Sankey's shops and heard mention that they'd been to the Black Bull.
Dom was also seen in one episode with some Tesco carrier bags after a shopping trip - presumably to our Barnard Avenue store.
'Posh couple' Steph and Dom - famed from their appearances on TV's Gogglebox - were kept busy filming and working at Beldon House, on Wrawby Road, for their One to Five Star episodes.
But apart from visiting some shops, trying locally-made Sciolti chocolates and dropping in at the Tourist Information Centre, how much more of Brigg did they get to see?
Had the celebrity couple, or programme researchers, contacted Brigg Blog, we'd have been happy to come up with some suggestions. And we would have enjoyed showing them round.
That's water under the County bridge now, but here are a few ideas...

Wallhead's shop: Founded in the 1890s, we think this is right up Steph and Dom's street, as it offers a wide range of clothing of the type ideally suited to a couple who clearly like the great outdoors. We think they'd have enjoyed chatting to the proprietor, pictured above.

Brigg Farmers' Market: Only held once a month but offering produce ideal for the celebrity duo. We could see them making for stalls selling jam and Lincolnshire Poacher Cheese. And how about joining the queue for ostrich burgers, pictured here?

Brigg pubs: The distinctive Dying Gladiator sign, on Bigby Street, would surely have taken the eye above the entrance to the only pub of this name in the UK. And how about a pint of locally brewed Tom Wood's ale down at the Yarborough Hunt? The Exchange Coach House's link to Sir Winston Churchill when he was Prime Minister might also have proved of interest.

Brigg Heritage Centre: In addition to the historic log boat/raft on display, they could have found out about Brigg's Second World War Pingley prisoner-of-war camp.


Dunham's Bakery: Cheese straws highly recommended at a shop that's been going for decades.


Brigg Garden Centre: Steph and Dom could have bought each other a gift or two for Christmas from the wide selection on offer. Dom said during the opening episode that he knew Brigg had a garden centre.

Smithy's Pond: We could see Dom taking a party of Beldon House guests along to enjoy a spot of fishing and to sample a snack at the adjoining cafe/tackle shop.


Glanford Boat Club: Another 'outdoors' venue that would have appealed before the craft got lifted out of the water for winter.

Sadly, the closure of Turner's shop, on Queen Street, some years ago meant they could not enjoy the family recipe sausages. Nor the pork pies with 'jelly' under the crust.
We are confident Steph and Dom would have been suitably impressed by that Lincolnshire fayre!



Brigg Blog has acquired many pictures over the years which show how our town looked decades ago.
Here, from various sources, are images of a road that has seen more changes than most.
Having originally formed part of the A18, Bridge Street is now divided and a section now carries the town's main road artery.
The  remainder is what amounts to a cul-de-sac ending at the County Bridge, close to the White Hart and Nelthorpe Arms pubs. 
This change was made during the 1990s when the town centre was partly pedestrianised and the Ancholme Bridge installed over the River Ancholme to carry what the planners called an inner-relief road.
The interesting picture above shows tree-lined Bridge Street as it was in the 1930s.

Immediately below is the old Brocklesby Ox pub when it was still owned by Hull Brewery. It has since been demolished and replaced by a neat row of town houses.

The pictures immediately below were all taken during the early 1970s. Note the cars in the colour view.

Dunham's Bakery, right, is still going today. The sign on the wall (centre) directs people to Stennett's Market, then still housed down Manley Gardens.

A modern Raleigh bike propped up by the kerb with Bell's shop, centre, next to the old chapel.

Note the distinctive red and white sign for Peacock & Binnington in the distance - left of centre.

Gleaming new cars on offer at Syd Whelpton's Garage (since demolished).

And lastly, a view of the non-A18 section of Bridge Street taken only a few years ago...


Tickets are selling well for a festive musical event in Brigg.
Folk ‘Round ‘Ere (FRE)  - a  not-for-profit community organisation set up to promote the performance of traditional music, dance and song in the North Lincolnshire area -  is offering Folk 'Round 'Ere @ Christmas at St John’s Church, Brigg, on Saturday 9th December, from 7.30pm.
It’s a celebration of the season with some beautiful winter songs and plenty of singalong carols with the audience welcome to join in.
The popular Plough Jaggers will be back with an excerpt from their comical play.
1st Brigg Brownies will be singing along with the FRE Band.
This event forms part of Brigg Business Partnership’s Festival of Trees.
Tickets for Folk 'Round 'Ere @ Christmas cost £5 (£2.50 for children).
Email or visit  Brigg Tourist Information Centre in the Buttercross.

Saturday, November 18, 2017


Celebrity 'posh couple' Steph and Dom Parker last night revealed the star rating awarded to a Brigg business on their One to Five Star TV series.
The hoteliers, who became familiar faces to millions of TV viewers on Gogglebox, gave advice and hints to the management at Beldon House, on Wrawby Road, over five programmes on Channel 4, screened nightly from Monday to Friday.
After guests' ratings in various categories including service, Beldon House was awarded four stars - five being the maximum possible.
The 'Secret Hotel Inspector' who featured in the final programme also awarded them four stars.
So it added up to a very good week for the business and for Brigg - in view of the 'air time' generated.
Hopefully, many viewers of the series will pay Brigg a visit.
Tomorrow (Sunday) on Brigg Blog we have a special feature about Steph and Dom in Brigg and suggest some highly-recommended places they might have missed during their busy schedule.

Beldon House in Brigg which was visited by celebrity hoteliers Steph and Dom Parker and featured in five episodes of Steph and Dom's One to Five Star on Channel 4 during November 2017.
Beldon House in Brigg which was visited by celebrity hoteliers Steph and Dom Parker and featured in five episodes of Steph and Dom's One to Five Star series on Channel 4 during November 2017. 


Drivers in the Brigg area are being given advance notice about a level crossing road closure in the near future.
Please note that due to necessary work being undertaken by Network Rail, the level crossing on Kettleby Lane, Wrawby, will be closed to vehicular traffic.
This will be for up to 16 hours on Saturday and Sunday, November 25 and 26.
Diversions will be signposted for motorists.
Our thanks go to Lincolnshire County Council Highways for the information.

Kettleby railway level crossing is on the Brigg to Barnetby line and of the automatic half-barrier type - see picture below.



Having had no luck with many posts about the street light that's been out of action on St Helen 's Road, Brigg, since late last year we have tried Plan B late yesterday afternoon (Friday, November 17).
Several searches of North Lincolnshire Council's website directed us to an online method of logging faults of this nature.
So we've given that a go in the hope it pays dividends.
A second light that's "out" on the same street was also logged by using the same online form.
It must be an age thing, but we'd rather have made a phone call and spoken  to someone in person.
You can access the fault logging system through this link...
Back in the 1970s, when Humberside County Council was responsible for street lights it had a depot off Westrum Lane. We knew someone who worked there to whom faulty lights could be reported, knowing speedy action would follow.
The picture above shows one of the fault lights on St Helen's Road. We took it in March this year while on our way home from a visit to several Brigg hostelries.




Brigg Blog has received its first Christmas party invitation of 2017 - five weeks ahead of December 25.
On Saturday, December 9, from 8.30pm, current and former players will be attending Brigg Hockey Club's festive get-together.

The party venue is the Nelthorpe Arms Barn, behind the Bridge Street pub/restaurant.
Attractions will include a live band, hot sandwiches, mince pies, mulled wine and Christmas themed games.
They will also be drawing the annual hockey club Christmas raffle - a major fundraiser.
Tickets for the Christmas party cost £8 in advance or you can pay £10 admission on the door on the night.
They are on sale from today, Saturday (November 18).
The invitation we received came in an email to hockey club Goldies (golden oldies?).
We presumably qualify after 20 seasons on the field.
A Goldies' get-together is being talked about in conjunction with the party.
Among players from our era still turning out today is Andrew Markham.
The long-serving goalkeeper tells us that Brigg Men's Veterans will be in action tomorrow (Sunday) on the 'Blue Astro' at the Recreation Ground.
The game is against Sheffield University Bankers, starting at 2pm.
Spectators are very welcome.

Brigg hockey veterans (green shirts) in action at the Recreation Ground.