Hull (that is, the English
city) is known as the city of origin of such greats as William Wilberforce
, John Venn
, Paul Heaton
of The Beautiful South
, Philip Larkin
, Maureen Lipman
, and me
. Once a thriving
port catering to a booming fishing industry
, the place was heavily bombed in World War II
and never really recovered. Known as the `north-east coast town
' due to the way it was described (without using its real name) in newsreel
s of the time.
Immortalised in the maxim "From Hull, Hell and Halifax, good lord deliver us", and not without good reason IMHO.
A nice place to visit, with plenty of pubs and cheesy nightclubs. But don't ever live there. I for one was glad to escape. A lot of my friends in the Royal Navy, on hearing I came from Hull, went on about how great a place it was, rendering me somewhat suprised until I realised that they come in on ships, spend a couple of days sampling the various pubs, and then go away again. They don't stay for long enough for the place to begin to grate (about a week, IME).
I heartily agree with Bagpuss and would recommend Ye Olde Black Boy to anyone. While you're there, sample a pint or three of the Black Boy Bitter. Then leave.
points out that Paul Heaton
was not actually born in Hull. It turns out he's from Birkenhead
. Nonetheless the Beautiful South
was formed in Hull, AFAIK
... and the video to Rotterdam
shows a lot of the town centre.