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22nd April 2022

Hull’s maritime living statues have been shortlisted to compete in an international competition.

The three living statues created for Hull Maritime, the £30.3m project funded by Hull City Council and The National Lottery Heritage Fund, have been selected to compete in the World Living Statues Festival, World Championship on 16 October 2022 in Alkmaar, the Netherlands.

The 'Three in the Boat' will perform in streets and alleys, competing against stiff competition from across the world.

The trio have called their act “Three in a Boat” in homage to some of the industries that played a major part in Hull’s rich maritime history and the many generations from the city that worked in some of those industries.

Andy Train, better known for his living statue alter ego "The Gold Man", will be performing as "The Docker" alongside his friends from Giddy Kipper Arts, Bella and Tom who are "The Trawlerman" and "The Whaler” respectively.

“This is the first time I’ve been involved on a team effort like this.” said Andy, "We were proudly part of Hull Kraken and The Awakening and recently welcomed the Rugby League World Cups to the city. All three of us are experienced living statue performers and are excited and proud to be representing the UK and Hull in this way.”

Three in a Boat entertain the public at Hull Kraken - image by Jason Shipley
The characters represent some of the industries that made Hull's maritime story

Gillian Osgerby, Hull City Council’s Project Director for Hull Maritime, said: “Hull Maritime wanted an engaging way to raise awareness of the project and the many themes that all form part of the city’s maritime story and these characters do this perfectly.

“We have seen the fantastic response from the public at past events and we are delighted that the Three in a Boat characters have been recognised and selected to take part in the World Championships.

“The three maritime characters are putting the city on the international map in a bid to become World Living Statues winners and we couldn’t be prouder. We wish them luck and hope they bring success and trophy back to Hull.”

Hull Maritime is funded by Hull City Council and The National Lottery Heritage Fund. The project encompasses the redevelopment of five historic sites in Hull city centre: the transformation of the Grade II* Hull Maritime Museum and the Dock Office Chambers, the creation of a new visitor attraction at the North End Shipyard and the restoration two historic vessels, the Arctic Corsair and Spurn Lightship.

For more information about the World Living Statues Festival and the World Championship visit