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17th December 2020

Lil Bilocca House will officially be given its new name by Hull City Council today.

The former Age UK building in Porter Street, Hull, will be named after Lillian Bilocca, one of the Headscarf Revolutionaries whose trawler safety campaign in the 1960s saved thousands of lives.

A plaque carrying the name of the celebrated Hull campaigner will be revealed by Lord Mayor Lynn Petrini at noon in front of Lillian’s son Ernie and his wife.

Hull City Council agreed to buy the building in June. It had been used as the headquarters of the charity since it was built in 2001.

The plaque reads: “On 17 December 2020 this building was officially named Lil Bilocca House by the Lord Mayor of the City of Kingston upon Hull, Councillor Lynn Petrini, in the presence of Lil’s son, Ernie Bilocca and Ward Councillors Leanne Fudge, Daren Hale and Haroldo Herrera-Richmond.

“Lil Bilocca campaigned for rights of fishermen, alongside Yvonne Blenkinsop, Christine Jensen MBE and Mary Denness.”

Councillor Daren Hale, deputy leader of Hull City Council, said: “This is a fitting tribute to one of Hull’s most recognisable and tireless campaigners. Lil was a saviour for thousands of fishermen in this city and it is about time that her work is recognised in this way. “I am delighted that we are able to reveal this plaque in front of Lil’s son, Ernie, who was very happy to give his permission for the building to be named after his mum.”