Hull City Council to buy Age UK Hull’s Bradbury House building

Hull City Council has agreed to buy Bradbury House in Porter Street, Hull.The building has been used as the headquarters of charity Age UK Hull since it was built in 2001. The charity is to relocate to a more prominent city centre location in summer. The building has been closed to the public since Tuesday 23 March due to the coronavirus pandemic. The acquisition will allow the local authority to move staff from older properties…

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University of Hull climbs 17 places in the Complete University Guide 2021

The University of Hull has risen 17 places in the Complete University Guide 2021 rankings. Published on June 9, the rankings see the University singled out as one of the biggest risers in the UK, climbing from 81st to 64th in the table. The University of Hull is now jointly ranked in 64th place with the University of the West of England, Bristol and – along with Arts University Bournemouth – is one of the two…

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BYGONE STREET GAMES by Alec Gill PART ONE (of Two): “Foggy First”

Virtual games seem to have replaced street games. Technology has always influenced the way society is shaped and individuals behave. Nothing stayed the same. The day it does is the end of progress. Now and again, however, it is good to reflect upon the past. So let’s take a look at the games kids played in the streets of Hull in bygone times. Timewise, I have focussed upon the “good old days” between the post-WWII…

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SHIVER MY TIMBERS! MARITIME SAYINGS used by LANDLUBBERS in EVERYDAY SPEECH ALEC GILL

Since the start of The Hull Hub, I have written articles for every issue (bar one). These mainly centred upon superstitions – especially ones revolving around Hull’s Arctic Trawling days. It’s time for a change. Another topic close to my heart is our rich English language. We are very fortunate having English as our Mother Tongue. We have such a vast vocabulary – many words to say the same thing in a variety of different…

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LUCKY BLACK CAT: Nine Lives Dr Alec Gill MBE

Why is it that only the British believe in ‘Lucky Black Cats’? Most foreign seafarers (including USA mariners) prefer a white cat aboard their ships. Cats spark off contradictory reactions in all sorts of areas. In Wales, if a black cat crosses your path, it was best to stroke it for good luck. A Yorkshire landlady boasted that she was non-superstitious; but if ever she received a postcard depicting a black cat, she dare not…

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Something Old, Something New… Dr. ALEC GILL MBE

WEDDING SUPERSTITIONS There are critical times in many people’s lives such as birth, marriage and death – or, as we say in Hull, “Hatched, Matched and Dispatched”. Superstitions are drawn to these key life events like bees to a honeypot. In this summer issue of Hull Hub, therefore, I would like to highlight the variety of folklore beliefs and traditions surrounding weddings and the honeymoon. The bride is more central then the groom – so…

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HOME, SWEET OMENS: A Fun Meander through an Old-fashioned Superstitious Household by Dr. ALEC GILL MBE

INTRODUCTION: Homespun Religion  Superstitions once inhabited every corner of many old-fashioned homes – especially in Hull, once the greatest deep-sea fishing port in the world. Taboo beliefs were not just a once-a-week activity but saturated every moment; and every nook and cranny of the home. In that sense, superstition was very much a homespun religion. It came from within the home rather than being imposed upon it by some outside religious order.  This article follows…

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APRIL ANTICS: And Hull’s Unique Tomfoolery

APRIL FOOLS’ and LEGGING-UP DAY April 2019 is a peculiar month. It is riddled with trickery, religion, and superstition. That is, April Fool pranks, Easter in the Christian calendar, and pagan undercurrents. Let’s start with the First of April – commonly known as Fools’ (or All Fools’) Day and, in Hull after twelve noon, Legging-up Day – a different kind of ‘leg-pulling’. April Fool is fun – for some, not everyone. It depends which end…

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The Mad Month of March: From White Rabbits to Mother’s Day

Dr Alec Gill MBE Should Hull re-brand itself as ‘Superstition City’? Why not make this a powerful USP (Unique Selling Point) for the port? After all, superstitions are universal and there is the old expression: “Of all seafarers, there are none more superstitious than fishermen”. Fishing is at the heart of Hull’s cultural heritage. It is still the world’s most perilous job – an extreme occupation – with a high loss of life. Crewmen battled…

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East Park named best free day out in East Yorkshire at Mumbler awards

East Park has been named the best local free day out in the Hull and East Riding Mumbler awards. The park in Holderness Road pipped the Streetlife Museum into second place in the parenting community group’s first Family Awards, celebrating the best things to do for families in East Yorkshire. Voting took place in January and February and results were due to be announced at an awards ceremony on Saturday 20 March before the event was cancelled…

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One hundred maritime objects chosen to feature in People’s Choice exhibition

Thousands of votes have been cast by the public to select 100 objects that feature in a new exhibition at the refurbished Hull Maritime Museum, joining many hundreds more as part of the new exciting displays. The People’s Choice exhibition will see some objects go on display for the first time. In the last three months 200 objects have competed for a place in the new exhibition. More than 10,900 online votes via Facebook, Twitter…

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National Police Chiefs’ Council statement – UK police stand with those appalled by George Floyd death

UK police leaders have come together and published a statement about George Floyd’s death.  Chief constables from forces across the country, the chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, the chief executive of the College of Policing and the President of the Police Superintendents’ Association have spoken following the death of George Floyd and the events that have followed in the United States. They said: “We stand alongside all those across the globe who are…

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Hull A&E staff to feature in new six-part documentary
Dr Chris Srinivasan and Dr Biju Cherian are looking to camera with their arms folded in Hull Royal Infirmary, Hull, United Kingdom. John Abo Abo is behind Biju Cherian's shoulder.

Hull A&E staff to feature in new six-part documentary

Hull’s Accident and Emergency Department is to feature in a Channel 5 documentary set to air next week. Staff at Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust welcomed a team from Crackit Productions into the department last autumn to film for the new six part documentary series. Recorded over the course of seven weeks, prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, A&E: After Dark follows the doctors and nurses working the night shift at Hull Royal Infirmary. From drug and alcohol-related…

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The Hull Hub Introduces George Norris and the history of Hull Fair

Seven centuries of fun This carnival of merriment is the largest travelling fair in Europe and one of the oldest – the fair celebrated its seven hundredth anniversary in 1993. The first charter granting permission for a fair to be held, from 9 to 23 March, was granted in 1278. The anniversary celebrated by Hull City Council dates from1293, when Edward I allocated six weeks in May and June for the festivities. By the 16th…

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The Hull Hub Chats with Maniuko

The man, The Myth, The legend. What is your name? It shows Marek Lesiak on my passport, but I would rather be known as ManiuKO, a nickname I’ve had since my teenage years that has a funny story attached to it. What do you do? I share energy via visual art mainly creating murals/graffiti/street art, but as comfort zone stretcher, don’t limit myself. I have already spray painted a few cars, created book cover, book…

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East Park and Surrounding Area

East Park lies about two miles from the city centre on Holderness Road. It originally covered an area of 52 acres but gradually expanded. Today there are 130 acres of parkland and the park is often used for large open-air venues such as concerts, military shows, car shows, firework shows and the annual Hull Show East Park was designed by Joseph Fox Sharpe. It was originally meant to mirror Pearson Park in Hull with land…

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Is Barbara Englands Oldest Museum Volunteer?

Barbara Lazenby is now 91 and yet still volunteers at the Sutton and Wawne Museum in Sutton on Hull each week. The other volunteers there wonder if she is Englands oldest volunteer in the museums of this country. Barbara has had a fascinating life and was born in Queens Road in Hull in 1927. She had three brothers and two sisters and she had early links to Sutton from early in her life as her…

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Running for over a 100 years East Hull Harriers Running Club

When I was a teenager, my brother Alan was a sports fanatic and still is. He was a scrawny kid and I always envied his skinny legs which I put down to all the running he did. East Hull Harriers was the club of choice for him and I would like to jog you down memory lane with some history about it. Pubs and the Club Back in 1893 under the name of Holderness Road Presbyterian…

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Visitor records smashed in milestone year for Hull Minster

Hull Minster is celebrating record-breaking visitor numbers in 2018, as the iconic church becomes established as a leading events venue. During the year 225,000 people visited or attended events at the Minster as the rejuvenated church capitalised on the transformation of the building to enable it to host flexible and inclusive forms of worship and become a major social, cultural and community hub. The numbers are a significant boost as increasing visitors and donations are…

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We WILL Remember Them!

You might have heard of me, through my campaign to have a statue of World War 1 hero Jack Harrison VC MC erected in Hull city centre, Then again unfortunately you might not, because as much as I keep the campaign going, and the more people I talk to, I’m still staggered by how many people still ask me, “Who is Jack Harrison?” However, I also have to advocate, that Jack isn’t the only man…

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