Neville Pinder and Dave Allam

What a terrific memory sharing session at Hull Maritime Museum last weekend. Former River Men John Drury, Neville Pinder and Dave Allam joined us in conversation with Russ Litten and Andy Richardson, sharing stories about life working on the River Hull in the 1960s and ’70s.  We spent the morning chatting about life back then, wonderful tales. The session was filmed by Phil Codd of Humber Film for the forthcoming film, but first click on the video below to hear some snippets of the fascinating conversation with Dave and Neville.

That’s Neville ‘Killer’ Pinder below, with his newspaper telling the story of when his rafting escapades on the river went awry in 1958…more about that later.

The idea for A River Full Of Stories came about when many of the 2000 visitors to the Open Bridges exhibition inside Scale Lane Bridge told us fascinating stories and memories of their lives working on and around the river.  We wanted to capture these memories and stories and share them with future generations. With the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, we will produce a film, exhibition, website and book.

Open Bridges made history when for the first time all 13 of the bridges over the River Hull in the UK’s City of Culture 2017 raised, swung or closed simultaneously splitting the city of Hull in two at 20:17 hours on 22nd September 2017.  Historic vessels sailed down the river, met by 21st century tugs, to the sound of a new musique concrète work by composer John Stead.

Open Bridges is an independent Hull/East Yorkshire based project.

Rich & Lou Duffy-Howard

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