Local lad John Grint went from selling tyres to entertaining the people of Alsager.


It’s a story nearly half-a century in the making and one which has grown to serve the community of Alsager and its people.

For more than four decades John Grint has given much of his time and years to helping others in the area he calls home.

This March saw the 47th Alsager Grand Show, held at the Alsager Civic Centre, which John founded and which has evolved and grown to cater for around 400 people over the two days it is hosted. It is an event which John, a member of the Round Table group, is immensely proud of.


Born in Alsager, 1941, John attended school in the town and has continued to live his life in service to the area and its people ever since.

He said: “I started my own business up here, the Alsager Tyre and Battery Company which I ran for 35-years. But it was when I was around 28 that I became involved with the Round Table, which is a group of people from local businesses who get together to support the community and town.”

Before the Alsager show took off, John was also involved with other local community and fundraising events including an early foray into Children in Need.

He recalls: “It had just started and we got in touch with the creator of Thomas the Tank Engine to get permission to build a model, a full size working one with a trailer in order to carry out the Round Table fundraising. I remember British Rail helped us to take it from Crewe to London. As for us we travelled down there on a double decker bus laid on by Michelin.

“After arriving in London we worked our way back up north.

“I recall as we travelled through London, on the way to visit Hamleys on Regent Street, people were throwing money at us. When we arrived at the toy store they donated a 12ft teddy bear which we put on top of the bus as we continued our journey back home.

“We went through Oxford, Banbury, Coventry and Birmingham where we joined the Lord Mayor’s Day procession. When we arrived back in Alsager the crowds were in their thousands. But we didn’t stop there, we went through to Manchester to deliver the money to Children in Need on the night, we raised £18,000 all those years ago.”

Along with supporting other worthwhile causes over the years, it is the Alsager show which John is perhaps most proud of. It all began when one of the member’s wives asked the Round Table to put on a cabaret evening at Trentham, which went down really well.

“Those who attended enjoyed it so much that we began to talk about doing a show for senior citizens.

“We advertise around the village and then write tickets out which we deliver to people’s houses. The evening consists of a sit down meal, drinks and then a two variety hour show with dance and comedy acts. At the end of the night we take many of those who have attended back home.

“For some it is an important event as its the only time they get out or see friends and people, perhaps who they haven’t spoken to for a year since the last show.”

Although the Round Table is a big contributor to the event, they and John are also joined by the Alsager Rotary Club, Alsager Tangent and Lady’s Circle in combining their resources in putting the show on and supporting the local community.

John who was nominated for an MBE for his services and efforts, is driven by one goal in particular ‘putting something back into the community.’





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