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16th August 2023

Three blocks of flats on Thornton Estate, Hull will be officially renamed after three Headscarf Revolutionaries on Friday 18 August.

The three council-owned blocks of flats on Porter Street will be named after the three Headscarf Revolutionaries, Yvonne Blenkinsop, Mary Denness and Christine Jensen MBE, whose trawler safety campaign in the 1960s saved thousands of lives. The renamed flats sit alongside the already re-named Lil Bilocca House.

The three plaques will be unveiled on Friday 18 August from 10.45am. Family members, along with residents and members from Hull’s fishing community, and Rev. Tony Cotson will be in attendance.

The plaques have been supplied by the local St Andrews & Docklands Ward Labour Councillors from their local Community Initiative Budget, in an initiative supported by the Hull Bullnose Heritage Group.

Councillor Daren Hale, Hull City Council’s Ward Councillor for St Andrews and Docklands, said: “These four women fought hard for tougher laws and changed the fishing industry for good, and it’s only right their memory lives on, and they are given the recognition they rightly deserve.

“With overwhelming support from residents within the flats, the three housing blocks will honour the courageous women who never gave up their battle to make the fishing industry safer for fishermen in Hull and all over the country.”

Jerry Thompson, Chair of Hull Bullnose Heritage Group, said: “These brave women’s actions save countless lives by putting trawler safety on the national and international agenda. We are pleased that they get their just recognition.”

Hull City Council, in partnership with Hull Bullnose Heritage Group, engaged with local residents who were supportive of the scheme to recognise these three women.

The Headscarf Revolutionaries whose trawler safety campaign in the 1960s saved thousands of lives