Growing up in Hull is a unique experience.

It’s the end of the line, a thriving city but with the tight knit communities of a much smaller town.

Looking across the Humber we see the panoramic views of the North Lincolnshire coast but we’re Yorkshire’s most important port.

Hull is steeped in a history of German bombs, fishermen and freedom.

Sometimes outsiders knock Hull, sometimes we knock it ourselves but we’re proud of our routes.

Growing up in Hull, we’ve seen the city grow too. Sure there’s been some hard times, but it’s all part of what makes us, us and what makes Hull, Hull.

Hull Live has taken a look at some of the many things that have changed and some that have remained the same.

Hull fair

Hull Fair at night.


Dating back to 1278, Hull fair is one of the most important weeks on the city’s calendar.

This year’s addition is the first to be called off since WW2 but it’ll be back better than ever next year!

Picking FC or Rovers

With both Hull FC and Hull KR established in the 1800s, rugby league has been a staple of Hull life for well over a century.

Strictly speaking it’s a question of east and west but whether you’re black and white or red and white is often passed down through generations and frequently contradicts geographical boundaries.

Larking out and then being chowed at

Bransholme children climb one of the wooden structures they built themselves
Children larking out in Bransholme

Generations of Hullensian bains have spent hours larking out with their mates before being chowed at by their mam for getting home late – some things never change.

Seaside days

Children enjoying a day out on the beach at Bridlington

The East Yorkshire coast is home to some of the UK’s finest seaside towns.

Many of us have memories of summer holidays spent in Withernsea, Hornsea and Bridlington.

And we still flock to their beaches for sunny days out.

Watching Hull city when they weren't very good

Hull City V Barnet at Boothferry Park

In the last two decades City have played in every professional division of English football.

We’ve hit the dizzy heights of the Premier League, played in an FA Cup final and even had a brief spell in Europe.

The Tigers are back in the Championship now but older generations will always remember how far city have come having only narrowly avoided dropping out of the football league in 1999.

Wilberforce

Perhaps the greatest ever Hullensian, Wilberforce’s contributions to the abolition of slavery is one of the city’s greatest achievements.

Hull’s school children have values of equality and freedom instilled into them from an early age through learning about the topic.

Blitz

The former National Picture Theatre in Beverley Road
The former National Picture Theatre in Beverley Road

Our city was one of the worst affected during World War Two.

German bombs destroyed much of Hull’s original architecture – the impact on the city’s landscape can still be seen almost one century later.

The fishing industry

Legendary fishermens campaigner Lillian Bilocca

Hull has a rich heritage as a maritime city and fishing was one of its biggest industries.

But it was perilous work and the city mourned the death of over 6,000 fisherman lost at sea between 1835 and 1980 - spurring the head scarf revolutionaries to campaign for better working conditions.

The industry collapsed in the late 70s due to the Cod wars but the city’s fishing heritage still plays a huge part in Hull’s identity.

Regeneration

The Deep in Hull at sunset
The Deep in Hull at sunset


Over the past couple of decades the city has been given a huge facelift.

Some of the city’s landmark buildings such as The Deep, KCOM stadium, St Stephen’s shopping centre and Hull Truck Theatre have all been built since the turn of the millennium.

Schools

Mr Hutchinson was a former pupil at Sir Henry Cooper High School
The old Sir Henry Cooper High School

Many schools across the city have moved into state of the art buildings over the last few years.

Other schools have been closed down all together – Endeavour, Sydney Smith and Sir Henry Cooper to name a few.

And Trinity House, first established in 1787, has left its famous old town site for a modern premises in George Street.

First nights out

Lexington Avenue nightclub in Hull

Everyone remembers their first night out.

Whether it was in Old Town, Princes Avenue, Beverley Road, Witham or Newland Avenue we’ve all got some fond memories of having one or two shandies too many.

The city has lost some legendary night spots like LA’s and Romeo & Juliets but Spiders and Welly are still going strong.

Music

The Housemartins at a charity at Newland House
The Housemartins at a charity at Newland House

For a city with a population of less than 300,000 Hull has produced some incredible musicians.

From the Spiders from Mars and The Housemartins to Fine Young Cannibals and The Paddingtons the city has always been fertile ground for musical talent.

City of Culture

We’d always known we had a lot to offer but in 2017 the rest of the country took note as Hull became the UK City of Culture.

And what a year it was – a nonstop celebration of all things Hull.

Ferens Art Gallery

Rosa Bonheur’s The Lion at Home

Since its opening back in 1927, visitors have marvelled at the work on display in the Ferens Art gallery.

Rosa Bonheur’s huge canvas The Lion at Home has long been a long standing favourite of the galleries visitors.

While, the City of Culture saw the Feren’s undergo an incredible renovation and play host to the Turner Prize in 2017.

Hull’s Museums

And we can’t forget Hull’s brilliant museums.

Shrines to our city’s past, Wilberforce House, the Street life museum, Hull Maritime Museum and Hull and East Riding museum are all on our door step and all free – cheers Hull City Council!

Our shops

Jack Kaye

From local convenience stores like the legendary Jack Kaye’s on the corner of Salisbury Street and Ella Street to huge department stores like Hammonds and Carmichaels – how we shop has changed a lot of the years.

But that’s not to say we don’t still have some great stores.

In 2007 St Stephen’s brought with it some of the biggest names in retail and we still love our independent shops like Beasley’s in Hepworth’s Arcade.

Watch: Incredible then and now pictures show dramatic changes in Hull

Getting the ferry to Europe

One of the great things about being from Hull is our ultra easy access to Europe via ferry.

Doing the Dutch dash is on a P&O Ferry is a rite of passage for Hullensians.

The Pride of Hull
The Pride of Hull

Humber Bridge

Since it opened in 1981 the Humber Bridge has held a special place in our hearts.

We all love that first glimpse of those huge concrete towers.

Seeing it means your home and there’s no feeling like it.

The Humber Bridge

The end of the line

We can sometimes feel a bit on the edge of things in Hull – we’re the end of the line.

But we have everything we need.

Hull surrounded by beautiful country side, flanked by a mighty river and home to amazing people.