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Newspaper says sorry for mocking ‘skint’ townsfolk

A daily-turned-weekly newspaper has apologised after publishing a photo gallery poking fun at the residents of a neighbouring town.

The Lincoln-based Lincolnshire Echo uploaded a gallery of photos to its website ahead of a new television documentary called Skint Grimsby, with the accompanying headline “Is anyone really surprised?”

The series, which first airs on Monday on Channel Four, follows people in Grimsby dealing with long-term unemployment.

The Echo’s gallery featured screen shots from a trailer for the first episode, such as the one pictured below.


However, fellow Local World title the Grimsby Telegraph picked up on this and a second gallery, complete with apology, featuring the finer points of the port has since been uploaded to the Echo’s site.

A piece on the Telegraph’s website, published on Wednesday, reads: “In the wake of yesterday’s cross-county conflict relating to Grimsby’s impending appearance on TV show Skint, the fabulous folk at our sister paper The Lincolnshire Echo have seen the light and issued a heartfelt apology to their neighbours to the north.

“After taking the mickey out of our town, our friends down the A46 have remembered what a great place Grimsby is and posted a glorious gallery of photos displaying the beautiful sights on offer in the North East Lincolnshire area accompanied by a touching olive branch of comradeship.”

The Echo’s apology states: “Yesterday we poked fun at the stereotypes often painted about our neighbouring town of Grimsby. We’re very sorry and didn’t intend to cause offence.

“We have now edited the article and to say sorry we are happy to add any photos that show how great Grimsby is to this gallery.”