Students worked with renowned artist Andy Pea to create a mural tribute to those lost in the 1968 Triple Trawler Disaster.

There was also a poignant last-minute addition to the artwork. Andy explained: “A lovely chap called David joined us most days for a chat. He cycled past regularly. I believe he lost his uncle in the tragedy.

“On the last day working on the mural he brought me a poem. He said he had never written one before and didn’t know whether we’d like it. I showed it to the students and they loved it and we added it to the wall.”

Ward councillor Daren Hale, second left, joined three members of the Hull Bullnose Heritage Group alongside staff and students at the launch event for the new mural. (Photos: Matt Carrington, Hull College)

The mural project was brought about by Hull College’s course leader for art and design Sarah Rounding, who brought Andy in to manage the artwork on the walls of the Maurice Rawling Community Centre in the city’s Bean Street.

The mural was unveiled on 21 June by ward councillor Daren Hale and members of the Hull Bullnose Heritage Group.

Andy’s mural work has featured across the world. He said: “It was the most fun I’ve had painting anything. The students really smashed it and worked so well together. I am so grateful to the college for the opportunity, and to Crown Paints for kindly helping with materials.”

The work was inspired by Hull Maritime, which is driving the Yorkshire Maritime City project. More murals are planned, including one in tribute to the Headscarf Revolutionaries.

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