DON’T be alone and blue in North East Lincolnshire on Monday, January 21 – shine bright and meet new friends instead!

A whole host of local groups are uniting at Cleethorpes’ popular North Prom venue Moon on the Water to make sure they enjoy a ‘Blue Monday’ with a difference.

The third Monday in January has become known across the UK as the nation’s ‘blue’ day – the most depressing day of the year. But this will not be the case in Cleethorpes in 2019.

The day-long Bright Blue Monday event takes place from 10.30am to 6.30pm, with something for everyone – snacks, refreshments, music and displays. Volunteers from activity groups will also be on hand – from singing and dancing, to craft and environmental organisations.

Organised on behalf of the Gardiner Hill Foundation charity as part of its Awards for All-funded ‘Only the Lonely’ campaign; it is supported by the Humberside Youth Association, NAViGO and its community groups, VANEL, the Blue Lights Brigade; Moon on the Water; and the Grimsby Telegraph Young Reporters.

Older people are being encouraged to visit the venue in the morning, with parents with young children in the afternoon, followed by attractions and events for young adults from 4pm.

“Although anyone is welcome at any time, there will be so much going on that we did think it would be a great idea to structure the day a little, so there was a chance to meet like-minded people,” explained Warren Jolly, the owner of Moon on the Water.

A full timetable will be issued in the new year, so keeping looking out for more details. However, if you would like to get involved please email jenny@vanel.org.uk