Community Events

We thoroughly enjoy getting and about and supporting our local community. We are always very busy at open days, fetes, fairs and giving talks, not only in Hull but even much further afield. Here is a small selection of some of the events we have attended and others yet to come.

   
   
May

Fort Paull is our usual May Bank Holiday Weekend event when we meet up with many of our friends in the world of reenacting and enjoy a very quiet glass of shandy after the crowds have gone home. Unfortuntely, this year the Saspirella had to stay in its bottle as we did not stay overnight as we usually do, due to family circumstances.

The Fort Paull World War Two Extravaganza is really worth visiting and we enjoy it thoroughly every year. The number of rounds and weight of explosives expended in such an amazing setting has to be seen to be believed! They hold many great events throughout the season, including classic cars, knights, cowboys and traction engines!

Visit the Fort Paull Web Site

  Steven's War by Val Wood Although Steven's War could have been published in time for Christmas 2015, we decided to hold it back until the 75th aniversary of Kingston upon Hull's worst night of The Blitz, the 7th/8th and 8th/9th May 1941, as we would not be able to unviel the Hull People's Memorial on the aniversary weekend as we had intended. Unfortunately, the redevelopment of the City Centre meant that the memorial site
   
   
   
   

April BBC Radio Humberside Alan was featured on Radio Humberside once more, this time talking about the forethcoming events planned to commemorate the forethcoming 75th aniversary of Kingston upon Hull's worst night of The Blitz under the bombs of Germany's Luftwaffe.
 

Falklands Memorial Service On the 17th a number of our volunteers, including two reenactors, attended this service at Holy Trinity Church on behalf of the people's memorial team. This City's civililian participation in the transfer of troops and equipment to the South Atlantic was far greater than that of any other place in the whole of the UK.

Table of vessels participating in the Falklands War

  Hull Fasion Week What a fantastic week this is for The City. We participated on the final day with a small showing of our latest T-shirts and accessories. Two new shirts were launched, Hull 2016 - City of Ballards and Hull 2017 - both of which have proven very popular and can be ordered from our shop, elsewhere on this web site.
 

The Royal Observer Corps (ROC) We had Ensign of The Roya Observer Corpsa meeting with a retired officer of the Royal Observor Corp, a Civil Defence organisation which was stood down very soon after the end of the Cold War on 31 December 1995. Part of the role of the ROC in Lincolnshire was to spot aircraft and report on the condition of Kingston upon Hull; recording the number and type of all enemy aircraft, the number of falling bombs, the condition and direction taken by aircraft damaged or destroyed by local defences and 'triggering' of air raid warning over quite a large area of the North East and West of England.

The purpose of the meeting was for the Corps to donate a number of small items of memorabila to The People's Memorial Exhibition and to seek our advice in preserving an under-threat observation station at Winterton, which was used as a Hull Observation Point during the whole of World War Two. The Station also played a role in the defence of the UK during the Cold War Years.

Discover more from the ROC Heritage web site.


February

Presentations were given at St Claire House and The Charter House. We also participated in a number of other events at venues such as Hull University and Hull Truck Theatre.

In Whitefiargate we enjoyed visits from the Adult Education Service, special needs groups and a group from Wenlock Barracks.

Edwardian Weekend Ferbruary was also the month of this regular Museums Service's event during which our re-enactors were out in force promoting events in The Museums Quarter and generally anoying the 'chuggers' who seem to be an ever-present nuisance according to many of our visitors. Cpl Baldrick, Sgt Sissons, SAS Sally (aka 'The Boy'), and Captain Calamity were all on duty throughout the day.


January

York Army Museum We attended a meeting in York for the purpose of information sharing in relation to the Yorkshire Pals regiments. This was also an opportunity for us to look at working closer with each other and one of our Arts team is now building new exhibition sets at the museum based on the 'The Hull Trench'.

We have have visits from museums from all over the UK, including the Imperial War Museum, and even a couple from overseas - all expressly intending to 'steal' ideas from our dugout and trench for use in their own exhibitions.

  Fort Paull

  East Park
December When Hull man Charles Frederick McColl was thrown into his grave on 28th December 1917, he never received his last rights or burial service. We; The Lord Mayor of Kingston upon Hull Cllr Mary Glew and her Consort, Alan Glew, the Lord Mayor's Beedle and Alan Brigham of The Hull People's Memorial, all travelled to Ieper, in Belgium, to put this right, courtesy of P&O North Sea Ferries. Discover the full story.

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