Operation Poppy: dressing Hornsea in red.


Community groups in Hornsea have come together for ‘Operation Poppy’ to celebrate the Centenary of the end of World War 1.

A visual creative trail of poppies, starting from St. Nicholas Church, has been set up along Newbegin, the main street of Hornsea, and leads to the Memorial Gardens.

Hornsea School and Language College and the community group Hornsea Urban Gardeners launched appeals in September to the local people, asking for volunteers to create a range of poppy installations.

The appeal sparked a huge response from various organisations and individuals.

Staff and pupils from HSLC have put in a lot of time and effort into the project.

Ladies from the Womens Institute and the St.Nicholas Church Craft Group have been knitting, crocheting and crafting poppies for the display.

Ladies at St Nicholas Church making poppies

June Greensmith, founder of Hornsea Urban Gardeners, has been making poppies from two litre plastic bottles. An initiative that also encourages support for the Plastic Free Hornsea campaign.

June's plastic poppies

June said, “It’s the first time HUG has got involved with this, so I hope we can get it right. Our local schools are brilliant as is the Royal British Legion.”

Another idea has been developed by Careen Rudzinski and Mary Myall, who have created memorial crosses from pegs.


With permission from Hornsea Town Council 100 peg crosses will be placed in the memorial gardens on the eve of 10 November.

June said, “The crosses are lovely as are the poppies and clearly say “Hornsea Remembers”

She added, “The best part is knowing that each poppy has been made with love.”

Businesses in Hornsea have also participated by decorating their shop windows.

The Rememberance Service will be held at St Nicholas church at 9.30 am. After the service the parade will form outside the church and proceed up the town to the Memorial Gardens where the Wreath Laying Ceremony will take place at 11 am.

Memorial poppies



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News Production Day 13/04/2018

Artlink Hull presents Graft In Flux


Artlink Hull, will be presenting a preview of its latest installation, Graft in Flux, this evening in Hull.

The exhibition is a collaboration between Artlink and Graft Studio, the HMP Humber Art Department.

It is an immersive and interactive display of works by people currently working and living in Hull’s secure prison units. It focuses on their aspirations and the use of materials within their living environment.

Graft Studio was set up within the prison in order to use art as a means of improving confidence and self-esteem. Helping to transform individuals by engaging them in a pro-active intervention programme.

The exhibition at Artlink has recreated elements from Graft Studio which allows visitors to see and feel the environment in which the works were created.

This includes an inmates cell:

The exhibition will continue to evolve through a series of interactive drop-in workshops. During the sessions members of the general publlic can participate and produce material in an atelier similar to the Graft studio. The work created will then be displayed as part of the exhibition.

Jemma Brown, the Creative Producer at Artlink, has a lot of experience of working with diverse communities.

She explained what the exhibition is about:

The public preview takes place tonight at Artlink, 87 Princes Avenue, Hull between 6-8 pm. The interactive drop-in workshops will be held on 21 Aprol, 19 May, and 16 June from 1-3 pm. Everyone is welcome.


Hull Pirates skating to success.

Hull are set to top the ice hockey charts this weekend after only a year in the NIHL (Northern Ice Hockey League).

Hull Pirates take on rivals Sheffield Steeldogs this weekend in an ice hockey battle.

The NIHL  season comes to an end in what promises to be a massive weekend for Hull Pirates.

They face rivals Sheffield in their final two matches of the season.

The NIHL North One (Moralee) title battle culminates in an all Yorkshire face off.

This starts on Saturday at 7.30pm with an away match at iceSheffield

The grand final takes place in Hull’s own Ice Arena on Sunday night.

Hull are currently head of the division with 60 points.

Both teams have won 26 of their 34 matches already played.

If Hull Pirates win one of the two matches they will become champions.


Head Coach, Jason Hewitt, said:

“It’s huge for hockey in Hull. We have a committed fan base who deserve success and the players are putting everything on the line for that to happen.”

Hewitt is a former Sheffield Steelers forward.


Heads Up Festival returns to Hull

Heads Up Festival  returns to Hull tonight for its’ tenth anniversary with theatre, comedy, poetry and music throughout the city.

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The first live theatre show takes place at Hull Minster.Ugly Chief, written and performed by Victoria Melody, is the opening show of the festival. Victoria, an award-winning British performance artist, teams up with her father, TV antique dealer Mike Melody, for this comedy.

It is based on a true-life events. Mike was diagnosed with a terminal illness in 2013 and Victoria was put in charge of planning his funeral. Ugly Chief plays out two funerals – the one Victoria planned and the one her dad really wanted.

Ugly Chief created and performed by Victoria Melody and Mike Melody

Photo Credit: Hugo Glendinning

During Ugly Chief there will be an opportunity for you to get your ‘antique’ items valued. Mike will be running his own version of the Antiques Roadshow during the show.

The festival includes the world premier Dark Winter, an adaptation of bestselling novelist David Mark’s acclaimed debut novel. The drama takes place in Hull and has been adapted by E52 the creative production company who organise Heads Up Festival.

Andrew Pearson, film maker and producer at E52, said:

“David Mark’s Dark Winter is a tightly plotted piece of crime fiction. The author battled for a long time to ensure that his story could be told as he intended – set in Hull. The writing is as original and absorbing as we like our theatre, and in Richard Vergette and Nick Lane, Mark has found the perfect team to adapt his words for the stage.”

Other programme highlights include  Heads Up Introducing: Lyn Acton and a double bill of new plays titled Daffodils & Death by Bill Drummond at Kardomah94. Sponge will be presented at Hull Central Library for the younger audience. There will also be various events, panels and workshops.

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Dave Windass , festival organiser, said:

“This is the tenth Heads Up Festival in five years. I can honestly say that I think we’ve brought some of the best performances and productions that have ever visited Hull. We’re all very proud of what we’ve done.”

Here are the venues and links for tickets:

Hull City fans to protest at tonight’s match against Sheffield United

Hull City supporters are planning a protest against the club’s ownership during tonight’s Championship home game with Sheffield United.

City supporters group ‘Hull City Action For Change’ are planning a protest march before the game. They are also planning to blow whistles around the 30 minute mark, to voice their opposition to the club’s owner.

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Disagreement between owners and supporters  began with the Allams’ unsuccessful attempts to rebrand the club as Hull Tigers. Following this a new membership scheme that abolished concession prices led to further discontent.
Tonight’s home match at the KCOM stadium is being broadcast live on Sky.
The last live broadcast from the KCOM in October 2017 saw play held up for several minutes by hundreds of yellow balls being thrown on to the field.
Ehab Allam, Vice chairman, warned that a repeat could lead to “the abandonment of the match, sanctions or fines to the club or games being played behind closed doors”.
Nigel Adkins, Hull City manager, said they lost the game on the back of the disruption caused by the ball throwing in the October match against Nottingham Forest ( Hull were defeated 3-2). He has urged the fans to make this a peaceful protest:

“We need our supporters to make a lot of noise in the right manner….What I will say is the players need to feel as though they will be safe. I would appeal to everyone, don’t come on the pitch. I can’t see any benefit for anyone.”

This is a big night for Neil Adkins seeing the Tigers play against his former team the Blades. His management position at Hull City was his first role after being sacked by Sheffield United in 2016.
There has been a lot of response on Twitter

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The Tigers Lair is probably the best place to go in Hull for comments about what’s happening with the club. John bird who is not a fan of the club gave his opinion:

Football is not everyone’s cup of tea but tonight’s match has certainly got people talking.

Hull MP calls for hospital parking charges to be axed

My submission for today’s news production day can be viewed at:


This week I focused on hospital parking charges. I found out that Hull MP Emma Hardy spoke in the House of Commons debate on Thursday 1st February. I thought it would be an interesting topic to cover and I wanted to know the outcome of the debate.

I phoned Emma Hardy’s press office who sent me the following link to the debate:


I spent a lot of time on research for the article, mainly reading through the parliamentary debate. When I went out to get some media footage I was faced with the barrier of having to pay car park charges to get vox pops from visitors to the hospital. Had I left college earlier I could have got the bus to the hospital for 20p.

Unfortunately I was not very motivated this week, which reflects in the finished article. I was definitely not on good form. Next week I need to concentrate on people and getting a human element to my story by talking to the public.