25 Huge Reasons To Still Be Proud You’re From Hull

Hull yeah!

So Hull City didn’t win the FA Cup in the end.

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But there are still so many other reasons to celebrate the glory of Kingston upon Hull. Such as…


1. It’s got the world’s largest Yorkshire Pudding factory.

Hull’s Aunt Bessie’s produces FIVE HUNDRED MILLION frozen Yorkshire Puddings every year.

2. For a King’s Town, it’s pretty republican.

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Hull was one of the only major cities in England that didn’t host a single street party for the royal wedding.

3. John Prescott.

4. The local accent.

You can learn to speak Hull here.

5. Spiders Nightclub.

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(Their website deserves a special cultural award of its own.)

6. It’s got some pretty amazing public toilets. Coach trips make special visits to see them.

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“We get people queuing around the corner to come in and have a look,” says attendant Shirley Binks.

“They bring video cameras, have a look round, ask questions, and then go. A lot of them don’t even use the toilets. We’ve had people from all over the world: New Zealand, Australia, Poland, America, Japan, Russia.”

7. Hull’s no longer as crap as it used to be.

The professional metropolitan sneerers who put together the ‘Crap Towns’ series of books have had to revise their opinion. Hull topped the inaugral list in 2003 but was not even in the top 50 when the list was revised this year.

8. Then there’s the music scene. Hull gave the world The Housemartins…

Look, it’s a young Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim!

9. …who then morphed into The Beautiful South.

10. Everything But The Girl formed in Hull…

…and took their name from a sign outside a Hull furniture shop.

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11. Did we mention John Prescott? Here he is on a trampoline.

“@scolvey: @johnprescott I'd love to see a photo of you bouncing on that trampoline.” < Oh ok then....

— John Prescott (@johnprescott)

John Prescott


“@scolvey: @johnprescott I’d love to see a photo of you bouncing on that trampoline.” < Oh ok then….

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12. They used to sell these official T-shirts in the Hull tourist board offices.

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13. Then there’s the beautiful River Hull.

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OK, OK, so it’s not much to look at. But around the corner is…

14. The epic Humber Bridge.

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Which is great if you’re in a hurry to get from Hull to Grimsby.

15. You can join this Hull man for a quiet pint on Anlaby Road.

16. Or have something to eat at Mr Chu’s China Palace.

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Hull’s biggest Chinese restaurant is a home-from-home for John Prescott. Pictures of him fill an entire wall and Tony Blair has even been a few times. Unfortunately it has also had a few hygiene issues.

We recommend the two course lunch menu at a mere £6 a head.

“@jimwaterson Eating at Mr Chu's after praise from @johnprescott. Tasty but stuck halfway through main. How d'ya do it?” > Years of training

— John Prescott (@johnprescott)

John Prescott


“@jimwaterson Eating at Mr Chu’s after praise from @johnprescott. Tasty but stuck halfway through main. How d’ya do it?” > Years of training

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17. The city’s insistence on doing things differently, like its cream telephone boxes.

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Stubborn to the end, Hull was the only city in the country that never joined the national telephone network.

So it still has its own cream telephone boxes.

18. The world famous Hull Fair.

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One of the biggest travelling funfairs in the world. Without doubt the best thing that happens in Hull during the second week in October.

19. John Prescott.

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20. There’s The Deep, an enormous aquarium.

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21. And the famous Hull Truck theatre.

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22. But from Bransholme…

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23. …to The Avenues…

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24. …via King Billy’s golden statue…

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25. …Hull’s always just Hull.

No nonsense, doing its own thing and not caring what anyone else thinks. And you can’t argue with that.

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Jim Waterson is a politics editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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