Grimsby takes its name from a Danish invader and fisherman called Grim, and an exhibition devoted to him and the development of the town is spearheading a council-backed campaign to encourage awareness of its past.
Grim - The Legend is at the National Fishing Heritage Centre in Grimsby, and tells of the 9th century adventurer sent off with the son of the recently killed king of Denmark in his care, how he was wrecked near the mouth of the Humber and made a house from the timbers of his ship. Bringing up the royal child in his English home, and surviving by fishing and selling his catch, Grim lives to see the prince return to Denmark and claim his throne.
The story is a 13th century legend found in the Bodleian Library in Oxford, and is the basis for a Grimsby Council campaign this summer. "Great as the story of the fishing industry is, we have until now left out the equally fascinating tale of how Grimsby came to get its name" said Richard Doughty, deputy director of leisure services. "Such a legend not only emphasises Grimsby's long history but shows the region's important links with the Vikings and Europe" he said.
The exhibition is at the centre until the end of September.
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