The Club had previously marked the anniversary by featuring a special logo on the sleeve of the players’ shirts worn in the Emirates FA Cup tie against Chelsea last month, but we were also keen to give a home crowd the chance to mark what was a dark time in Hull’s recent history.
Representatives from the charities STAND (St Andrews Dock Heritage Park Action Group), Hull Bullnose Heritage Group, The Fishermen’s Mission, along with St John the Baptist Church, all of which raise funds for projects that commemorate Hull’s fishing heritage, will be attending the game and will be presented with the shirts worn at Stamford Bridge prior to the fixture.
The Triple Trawler Tragedy was a disaster that had a huge impact on Hull’s large fishing community and the wider fishing industry. In January 1968, three fishing trawlers – the St Romanus, the Kingston Peridot and the Ross Cleveland – left Hull and never returned. By February 5th, news of the fate of all three trawlers had reached home with the loss of 58 lives confirmed.
It sparked a safety campaign, led by fisherman’s wife Lillian Bilocca, and led to the introduction of immediate reforms to the fishing industry including tighter regulation of trawler design and construction, improved safety equipment and legal standards for radio equipment on board. The campaign was the subject of BBC Four’s recent documentary ‘Hull’s Headscarf Heroes’.
‘Lil’s Lasses’, who are performing in a play about the disaster and Bilocca’s role in the aftermath being staged in Hull later this month, will also be in attendance before the game and will take to the pitch at half-time.
‘Lil’, a play by Val Holmes, will be performed at Jubilee Central, 62 King Edward Street, Hull, from 20th-24th March. To book tickets visit www.luvull.com/tickets