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Volunteers Help With Press Room Makeover

13 October 2015

Grimsby Town boss Paul Hurst praised volunteers and local businesses who helped give the press room at Blundell Park a much-needed makeover.

Many a manager has given interviews to the media from the press area at the stadium in recent years.

But current boss Hurst can deliver his post-match verdicts in more luxurious surroundings after the overhaul.

Mariners photographer Paul Burgess and his brother Mark contacted local companies with a view to giving the press room a fresh look.

Neil Barber of Saturn Electrical Services, kindly gave up his time to install new lighting and internet access points for the press, the joinery work was supplied and carried out by Dave Hall, chairman of the New Sunnyside Club in Grant Street, Cleethorpes, while Geoff Melton of J Melton Ltd and The Mould Doctor of Louth carried out the decorating.

Photographs and frames adorning the walls were supplied by Comley Cameras of St Peter's Avenue, Cleethorpes.

John Turner Butchers of St Peter's Avenue kindly agreed to provide a buffet at every home match for members of the press and Mariners fan Phil Lee, of P&C Advisory Services Ltd, supplied a new tea urn, microwave and stools.

Between them they worked throughout the summer and into the new season to complete the makeover.

They were praised by Town manager Paul Hurst.

"They've done a brilliant job," he said.

"While we're a big club in this division, we still need favours from the community to get certain things done and it's great that we've got that support.

"Paul and his brother took the project on board and have put a hell of a lot of effort into it. The transformation is quite dramatic and members of the press can come in here and work properly now, which is great.

"It's great for me because I can come into a nice, modern room for my post-match press conferences.

"They did it off their own backs and they've kitted it out fantastically well. When they showed me it, he was proud of it and you can see why, it's very nice.

"They've left me the same chair for me to sit in for my interviews because they were concerned I might have been superstitious, so that's one thing that has stayed."

Decorator Geoff Melton added: "Grimsby Town FC is a great family club. All our staff are huge supporters and we were more than happy to provide our services in creating a much more professional working environment for members of the press."

Brian Nicholson, of EWS, who supplied the electrical equipment, said: "I've been a lifelong supporter of the club. When I was contacted by Paul Burgess I was delighted to contribute the lighting and electrical parts of the project.

"We're a bigger club than a Conference team and the press facilities deserve to show this."
Richard Turner, of John Turner Butchers, added: "I've been supporting the club since a child in the late 1960s.

"John Turner were happy to support the club in any way they could and wish them every success in their climb back into top flight football."

Paul Burgess said: "As you can see from the old photograph, the pressroom looked more like an old fashioned, dark, dingy, doctors' waiting room rather than a modern press room.

"After Grimsby Town's visits to Wembley and seeing what the very best had to offer, a bright well lit room with workstations for the press to work at and food laid on, I felt GTFC should aspire to this level.

"Press rooms are judged by written press and photographers visiting Blundell Park. I judge other grounds by their facilities or lack of, and since the makeover our press room is the talk of the industry up and down the land.

"We now have a room that is fit for purpose and a real asset to the club.

"Paul Hurst commented on the room at his first press conference in it and was most complimentary."

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