City of Culture regeneration frustrating resident

A Hull Trinity indoor market regular is fed up of the regeneration work in the City Centre, particularly the orange barriers.

Dave Slinger, of the Old Town, says the delays in the work are leaving people disillusioned.

He said he craves a hometown that he can be proud of.

Regina Monologues- Review

Theatrical company the Chameleon Players have arrived at Kardomah 94 with a very compelling production called the Regina Monologues.

The production, which is masterfully directed by David Burton, is six stories in one, and is very well presented.

Cleverly written by Rebecca Russell and Jenny Wafer with some very strong dialogue, it tells the stories of six women and the effect on their lives of relationships they have had with Henry.

Henry has a profound effect on all the ladies in question, mainly due to his bank balance and his sex drive which seems to rival James Bond as he moves from one to another to another again.

All seven characters are beautifully developed, and the characters that you see on stage are very well established early on, and Henry’s background is extremely well presented by the ladies.

Each monologue is an essential part of each story, in itself and the acting is thoroughly compelling, it doesn’t shy away from some challenging subjects, especially with Katie, who is wonderfully portrayed in exactly the right way by Mandy Timmins.

The effect on later characters from previous ones is beautifully communicated and really adds to the tapestry of the story, which is fantastically woven in front of your eyes.

There is comedy aplenty as well at regular intervals with some delicious one liners that the audience can’t help but enjoy. All the characters are absolutely believable in their own way, and each one is connected in more ways than one in some cases.

The way the story is presented is done with such clarity, and yet keeps asking questions of the audience and each character is masterfully written, directed and acted.

It would be so easy for the character of Henry to be dominant in a production like this, but that danger is easily avoided and the ladies very much have their own identities, which are clearly shown and move the story along at a fantastic pace.

Jane, played beautifully by Helen Robinson, is definitely one that you just want to hug on stage, such is her beautifully naive outlook on life, which is very well acted so as to leave no doubt about her story.

Cathy, played by Sharon Burton, and Annie, played by Louise Brown, genuinely have an effect on each other thanks to their superb acting.

Anna is slightly alternative in a very intriguing way, Miranda Van Rossum is superbly cast in this role, and she carries it off with wicked humour that will tickle your ribs wonderfully well.

Katherine, played by Ailsa Oliver, is the genuine gold digger in the autumn of life, but she does it with just the right blend of sarcasm, practicality and with one eye on what’s to happen after Henry is no longer around without any hint of patronising behaviour.

The original music is also perfectly presented, thanks to the efforts of Maurice Houlden.

Tickets are £6, £5 for concessions, and still available at Kardomah 94 on Alfred Gelder Street or ring (01482) 317941, there are shows on Thursday and Friday at 8pm.

Truly Inspired Charity Expanding More And More

Inspire Communities charity creator Dave Edeson has more plans to expand on their operation for the good of the people of Hull.

Mr Edeson started the charity five years ago as a community project which was subsequently granted charity status in 2013 and now helps people with all different issues such as homelessness, disability, unemployment, benefit sanctions and depression.

This truly inspirational man sits in the cafe he opened in October 2015 to raise funds for the charity and, with a glint in his eye, says: “We’re here for everyone who has some sort of issue or facing any sort of crisis.

“We help people to engage and move on in life with a renewed sense of purpose and provide different sorts of help.”

The charity has recently started running a Job Club every Thursday morning at Dock House home of fellow charity HULLHARP and also run a job club at The Crossings hostel as well as having a daily job club at their George Street building.

Mr Edeson continues: “Somebody may get their benefits sanctioned because they have low social confidence or may lack the confidence to explain that they struggle with reading and writing or computers.

“Sometimes they can become frustrated because they may not be able to articulate their job seeking activities very well verbally or in written form.

“If they can’t use a computer very well then there will be a lack of online applications. A combination of this missing information at a signing on appointment can be frustrating for both job seeker and advisor.”

The charity are trying to create a hub where people can go for all sorts of help, they have Citizen’s Advice Quids In service in on a Wednesday and Thursday which patrons need to book an appointment for and Renew are there on Monday afternoons and Tuesday mornings to help people with alcohol and/or substance misuse issues.

There is also a Carer’s Group which started off as a peer support and activity group for carers, it was originally intended to be a chance for carers to give each other advice and support, but importantly, to provide activities and new friendships that will give them something to look forward to engaging in each week, as a period of respite in their difficult lives.

Mr Edeson says: “Sometimes a carer won’t engage in activities because they feel they can’t leave the person they care for at home. With this in mind, we have now built upon the project by employing two sessional workers, to provide activities for both the carer and the person they care for.

The charity is also providing Health and Well Being sessions including relaxation and breathing exercises, Yoga and are soon starting up First Aid Training with the Red Cross. They also run an Expert Patient Programme when the need is there.

This part of the charity is run by two amazing ladies who are already carer’s themselves Lynda Huckvale and Amy Hutson who work on the first floor directly above the cafe.

Another floor up and you walk into the computer room where the job club takes place from 9.30am to 4pm Monday to Friday.

They also have an Outreach service to help people with computer training and this truly outstanding charity doesn’t stop there. They also help people with things like staying healthy, registering with a doctor, sorting out benefits issues and shopping on a budget.

They also want to provide a teaching kitchen and help with social/community groups and already provide work experience.

Speaking about the thoroughly relaxed but buzzing cafe Mr Edeson says: “We started it because we don’t want to always be applying for this and that funding, we want to make our own money to fund ourselves.”

Also working extremely hard for the charity are Carla Marsh, who also volunteers for a local soup kitchen, and Joanna Czyzyk. These tireless ladies can be seen buzzing around the cafe adding to the fabulous atmosphere that prevails within and one can only sense that, with people like these working there, the people of Hull suffering from poverty, deprivation and all manner of other issues have not just a shining light, but a massive bright beacon that could even resemble a supernova at the end of George Street.

Hull FC 60 Hull KR 20, Rampant Record-Breaking Airlie Birds Dish Out Harsh Lesson ToTroubled Rovers

Hull FC took the word ‘Friendly’ ripped it up, threw it in the bin and replaced it with the word ‘Nasty’ as they walloped their near neighbours with a sizzling attacking performance which belied the attacking frailties which had dogged their season in 2015.

The Airlie Birds were in a ruthless mood for their first hit out of the year and, after some entertaining early exchanges of tries from both sides, took control and didn’t let go for the majority of the game as they squeezed the life out of a Robins side who were cut apart and gutted like a school of fish on the old fish docks which once dominated trade in this town.

Coach Lee Radford resisted the temptation to start this Clive Sullivan Trophy game with Frank Pritchard in his starting line-up as the New Zealand legend was named on the bench, the starting back-row was Pritchard’s fellow new signing Sika Manu along with 2015 player of the year Mark Minichiello and Jordan Thompson starting at loose-forward.

Curtis Naughton got the nod on the right wing after his impressive display in Hull’s first pre-season game at Doncaster seven days earlier with hat-trick scorer Callum Lancaster waiting for his chance from the bench and Scott Taylor made his debut for the black and white’s in the starting 13.

Marc Sneyd got the game started to a raucous noise from both sets of supporters and both sides started with some vigour as tackles went flying in and it only took referee Robert Hicks two minutes to award the first penalty to the visitors.

The Robins pushed forward and had the black and white’s back pedaling to force a goal line drop out from which they took full advantage for a fast cross-field move to put Josh Mantellato over in the left corner after five minutes, the Italian international added the extras to his try for a six point lead.

Hull moved easily from one end to the other with their big forwards finding meters alarmingly easy to come by with their next set taking them within ten meters of Rovers line but a delicate grubber kick from Sneyd was well watched and mopped up by full-back Ken Sio.

However Hull’s next foray to the Rovers line brought more success as Sika Manu brushed aside three defenders with consummate ease to crash over after 11 minutes, Sneyd brought the scores level with the conversion.

The next mistake came from Sio as he knocked on a regulation kick giving Hull head and feed on the Robins 20 meter line, subsequently a fast move out to the right hand side saw another new boy Mahe Fonua dive over in the corner for his first try after 15 minutes, again Sneyd added the extras to give the black and white’s a six point advantage just as Pritchard came on for his debut.

The first charge down the left from the man known as the tank was greeted with great excitement from the crowd and took the attentions of four defenders to bring him down.

However after another penalty to the visitors Rovers new signing Chris Clarkson engineered a try for Graeme Horne down Rovers rightafter 19 minutes, this time Mantellato was unable to add the conversion leaving the Airlie Birds two points in front.

From the kick off it was Hull’s turn to ramp up the defensive heat and force a goal line drop out but somehow the visitors scrambled to keep them out and then referee Hicks awarded them a fourth penalty.

The resulting attack after that penalty saw a high kick taken dead by full-back Jamie Shaul forcing another goal line drop out.

A third penalty for the home side was dispatched to the touchline and set up a scintillating move which saw Shaul scamper through the Rovers defensive line far too easily to race over from 30 meters out after a stunning break by Pritchard set the move up, another successful conversion from Sneyd took Hull two scores clear.

Three minutes later Hull were in again as Carlos Tuimavave became the latest debutant to scramble over on the left hand side, Sneyd once again added a majestic touchline conversion to take the score to 24-10 with little over ten minutes to go to half time.

Straight from the restart Tuimavave made a break down Hull’s left again and handed on to Steve Michaels for the former Gold Coast Titan to race in with measured ease as Rovers defence was cut to shreds again, Sneyd made it a 20 point lead for the home side with the conversion.

Two minutes after that Hull’s left hand side was at it again as a swift move opened up a gap on the wing for Naughton to race through and put Shaul over for his 2nd try of the match, another conversion from Sneyd made it 36-10 as the shell-shocked Robins started clock-watching waiting for the half-time hooter.

As the break approached the home side became rather casual and handed a chance to the visitors with back to back scrums in their half of the field and then in a frantic final few seconds of the half Hicks wiped the tackle count clean after a Hull player stopped a grubber kick.

Rovers were then given a penalty as Jack Logan received treatment on the pitch before bein replaced by trialist Lee Smith, however the Robins were unable to make it count as yet another error saw a pass intended for Mantellato flew into touch.

Black and White supporters were pleased to see Logan come back on for the restart and Callum Lancaster also came on at the start of the 2nd half.

Lancaster was soon involved as a slip up in the Rovers defence gave the young winger the chance to hack the ball forward but the visitors were fortuitously able to get the ball back into the field of play to avoid a goal line drop out, however they were forced to drop out after the next attacking kick.

Unfortunately that opportunity was wasted by Hull with a knock on just on the edge of Rovers 20 meter area.

The half started with a comedy of errors from both sides with the Airlie Birds looking by far the more threatening again but also looking rather too casual until the 48th minute when Scott Taylor barged his way over for a try on his debut against his former club, Sneyd inevitably added the extras from in front of the posts.

For a seemingly ‘pointless’ match both sides were giving some great effort and the home side in particular were treating their supporters to some great attacking rugby league and, despite the one-sided scoreline, Hull KR were also trying out some attractive looking moves although with far less success they did deserve some credit for trying them as the black and white supporters chanted “We want 50”.

The element of fun among the home support particularly was increased after Rovers talisman Albert Kelly knocked on 30 meters from the Hull line in broken field and the Old Faithful chanted “Are you Dixon in disguise”.

Shortly after that Hull swept up to the other end of the field and Mark Minichiello crashed overwith 23 minutes remaining on the clock, the now customary conversion from Sneyd took Hull within two points of the half century.

The black and white’s were being far too aggressive and clinical for the Robins to cope with and a visible confidence was running through the side who were, for most of their team, having their first hit out of the year after a mainly youth team had dispatched league 1 side Doncaster seven days before.

Another barnstorming break from Pritchard down Hull’s lethal left hand side then created a try for trialist Lee Smith with 18 minutes left to bring up the half century that their supporters had been baying for and sent many red and white fans scurrying for the exits, another fantastic conversion from Sneyd made it 54-10.

Three minutes later it got even more embarrassing for the Robins as Smith made a break down the left and a deft pass inside put Tuimavave in for his 2nd try, Sneyd made it 10 out of 10 conversions to bring up the record derby score of 60 points.

Hull continued to try all the party tricks to entertain their supporters whilst some of the hardy souls in red and white chanted their backing for their thoroughly and hopelessly outclassed side who must now surely look like not much more than relegation candidates after being thumped at home by Huddersfield as well last week.

They did get something to cheer as Kieron Dixon was able to cross on their right hand side with eight minutes left, Ryan Shaw was wide of the mark from his touchline conversion.

A helpful penalty then presented them with another attacking position in Hull territory but this time Dixon was bundled into touch by a fast covering black and white defence.

Dixon however repeated the dose with three minutes left as a kick from Kelly was batted onto the wing man to cross unopposed, Ryan Shaw added the conversion to bring up 20 points for the Robins.

Pritchard was named man of the match as the Airlie Birds rounded off their record-breaking win with a slow last few minutes.

Attendance 8,962

Penalties Hull 6 Rovers 6

Goal Line Drop Out Hull 2 Rovers 2

Man of the Match Frank Pritchard



Charity That Really Is ‘Doing it for the Kids’

Fundraiser and Events Organiser Claire Hook of charity Kids has spoken about several upcoming events which are raising money for the charity which continues to support children with all sorts of disabilities and their families.

Sat in Heaven Cafe on the corner of Story Street and Albion Street this extremely busy, and thoroughly organised, lady who has two children of her own gives off an image of somebody who is quite relaxed and totally in control of everything life can throw at her.

However, when you speak to her, there is clearly a different outlook running deep inside as her eyes light up talking about her work with the nationwide charity, with a very local flavour, which has been making a difference for over a quarter of a century.

The first event in the diary is taking place at O’Rileys on Beverley Road on Friday 5 February as tribute act Hats Off to Led Zeppelin perform at the Beverley Road venue with all proceeds going to Kids, she says: “It’s £5 for tickets in advance or £10 on the door, but really we could do with people booking tickets as we need to know how many people are going, we have 500 tickets available and we’re hoping it will be a sell-out.”

Tickets for this event are available online at Hull Box Office at the venue, at Disc Discovery on Spring Bank or through Mrs Hook by contacting her on 07821004815.

The next three events in the diary are very different as the charity returns to O’Rileys on 6 May for a David Bowie Tribute with Diamond Dogz and two members of the Spiders From Mars band that supported the rock star who passed away earlier this month.

Claire says: “With two members of the Spiders From Mars we are very hopeful of another sell-out crowd so we would urge people to get tickets in advance to avoid disappointment and really help the charity.”

But the next event is on 9 March at Napoleon’s Casino, again the tickets are £5 which gets you in the casino where you will have live music, a hot buffet and a £5 Roulette Spin.

Then on 22 April the charity are hosting a Charity Spring Ball at the KC Stadium, tickets for this are £40 per person or £380 for a table of ten.

There is a Shark Dive at Blue Planet Aquarium in Cheshire Oaks on 4 June, despite this happening outside the area all the money raised will still be going to Kids in Hull and another event outside the area which will also be benefiting families here is a Sky Dive at Hibaldstow in North Lincolnshire, people are invited to take part but must raise at least £300 sponsorship money.

Talking more about what the charity does this extremely engaging lady says: “When we organise an event the tag line is always ‘Doing it for the Kids’ but we’re not to be confused with the Robbie Williams charity of that name, we’re a completely different charity, and we’re not Cash For Kids either.

“We raise money for services that the government don’t provide for children with all types of disabilities from birth to 25-years-old and their families.

“We provide not-commissioned services like Youth Groups for ages eight to 18, Learn to Talk Together Service which helps socialise disabled children and their families, the Befriending Service and Stepping-Stones which trains parents how to cope and understand disabilities and the difficulties that they can face.”

Another service which is clearly massively important is the Inclusion Service, Claire says: “When a disabled child is maybe suspended from school when they shouldn’t have been an independent representative will go to the school and explain more about that child’s disability.

“Hopefully this will help the staff understand more about the issues that child is facing and allow them to return and be included in the school and its activities.”

The charity is a nationwide charity but they have teams in different areas of the country who act on behalf of the charity in their particular area, hence any event arranged by the team in Hull, no matter where in the country it takes place, will benefit children and families in Hull.

Funding for the charity comes from selling tickets for the events they organise, raffles where organisations donate prizes, cash donations at events, collection boxes and sponsorship money and Kids Hull has been named as charity of the year at Sainsbury’s in Bricknell Avenue and Princes Avenue.

You can reserve tickets for the charity Spring Ball by calling 01482467540 or email the event includes Live Music from band Soul Patrol and ‘Smart Magic’ with the popular Russ Appleby, there will also be a live auction and raffle and you will also receive a glass of Prosecco on arrival and a 3-course-meal with a choice of menu.

Having spent half an hour in the company of this thoroughly considerate and all-action lady I cannot help but think that disabled children here, and Hull itself, have a very inspirational driving force to count on, long may that continue.wp-1453209337502.jpeg

New Word Resolutions- Review

Hull poet Dave Mahoney organised an evening of fantastic entertainment as many of the City of Culture’s multi-talented came together for New Word Resolutions at O’Rileys on Beverley Road to raise money for homeless charities Hull Homeless and Rootless Project (HULLHARP) and Hull Homeless Outreach.

Taking an idea that he only dreamed up on 23rd December the host brought together a remarkable amount of great talent that included Anarchy Dada, Rich Sharp Wilson, Andy Woolston and Vicky Foster just in the first section.

The second section saw the parade of talent continued by Jack Gleadow, Richard Harries, Right On Cue and the host himself with his unique brand of poetry before the third section brought Gavin Clark, Rob Eunson, Jed Salisbury and Rest Less Wild to the stage.

The evening which had a who’s who of major talent on stage was also attended by local celebrities including Ensemble 52 playwright Dave Windass and poet and Away With Words host Jim Higo.

With collection tins passed round the audience were being quite generous and O’Rileys pledged 10% of the bar takings from the night to the two charities who work all year round with Hull’s homeless supplying, food, drink, clothing, sleeping bags and support services.

Mr Mahoney said: “This was only dreamed up on 23rd December so to get all this talent together in that time is amazing.

“I only meant this to be a one-off event but it’s been such a success I think we will be doing it again in the near future.”

The evening was an evening of outstanding talent and obviously massively important to the two charities and the people who live on our streets, sleeping wherever they can and relying on the kindness of strangers

Hopefully more evenings like this absolute treat will be forthcoming very soon so everybody can be fabulously entertained and the homeless of Hull can benefit further. #NWR


Neil Hudgell Reflection And Vision

Neil Hudgell is looking forward to the 10th year for Hull KR in Super League, a season which sees him with the same relaxed demeanor but one which barely masks a burning ambition.

First he harks back to the beginning of his time as chairman when he saved them from financial and Rugby League oblivion: “We were at the bottom but just slightly coming out of the bottom, we were in administration and Don Robinson had bought the club on behalf of a company called Gain Group and acquired the stadium.”

Then his path to the top job became clear: “Peter May and Colin McNichol had been brought in as two local businessmen and two lifelong supporters of Rovers and then I came on board as a sponsor, got to know the lads and started to do some legal work for them and then I became a director.

“Basically they all jumped off leaving me more or less on my own so I brought back Phil Lowe, Paul Lakin came on board and that was like 12 years ago.

“We’d bottomed out, there was no money in the kitty and we were in the National League sort of mid-table, going nowhere and treading water.

Then another name was mentioned regarding the transformation the club was going through at that time. “Of course I got Rob Crossland in as well so that was sort of bottom but just turning upwards slightly.

“Then we had Malcolm Reilly as coach alongside Martin Hall and that never worked so Malcolm left and Martin resigned so short term we brought Harvey Howard in who didn’t work out.

“The sort of the beginning of the real upward turn was when we recruited Justin Morgan, heard about him via Tony Smith, he came from Toulouse who he got to the Challenge Cup semi-final that year in 2005.

“Interviewed Justin and he started just towards the end of that season, the year we won the National Rail Cup but flunked on promotion.

“So Justin said about the dead wood he wanted to push out so we pushed them out and gave him maximum salary cap in the National League as it was then and we more or less recruited a new team.

“James Webster was one the other Australian was Tangata-Toa but the main ones and probably the mainstay of the side that got us into Super League was probably Ben Fisher at hooker, Ben Cockayne at full-back those two.

“Gareth Morton had a big kicking boot on him and Webster was instrumental as well and Michael Smith in the back row, so we sort of constructed a team that we thought would be good enough to get us up but also to get Super League contracts because the whole thing at the time was you’d got to get a side that was good enough to keep you up as well as get you up because there’s this idea that if players are knowing that they’re not going to be good enough to perform in the elite then when it comes down to the cut and thrust of the end of the season they might not give their best because they might talk themselves out of a job.

“So we invested heavily and eventually it paid off and we got promoted and got to a Challenge Cup semi-final.”

The first season in Super League in 2007 is obviously a source of great pride for this very relaxed but competitive man and a glint appears in the eye as he talks of early successes as his side won four of their first five games in the top-flight:

He said:”Four of our first five games we beat Wakefield at home, last minute, Ben Cockayne scored.

“Then we won away at Huddersfield and then I think we lost at home to London but then we won at Wigan and beat Leeds, so we won four of our first five so that meant we were never bottom of the table all season.

“After those first five we lost six on the trot and then we had the Paul Cooke saga, Paul came over first game we just lost narrowly to Huddersfield but then we beat Hull FC at magic and then we beat Wigan again so Paul gave us a bit of catalyst when we’d hit a bit of a trough.

“Then we had another trough and we brought in Rhys Lovegrove and we rallied at the end, we beat Salford and Hull again to ensure our safety but we were never at the bottom of the league the entire season and I think that was a mind-set thing because it was always going to be either us or Salford.

“A big week was when we won in Catalans on Bastille Day and Salford lost so that gave us a 4 point push and that momentum to stay above them and stay up.”

We then moved onto the subject of fans expectations after that early success and the answer is very strongly delivered: “Well expectations are always high in Hull no matter what, you win three games and people think you’re gonna be world beaters, fans now I think would have expectations beyond where we would normally sit which is about the bottom half of the top 8.

“There’s a top 4 that’s usually there or thereabouts and Huddersfield are just sort of battling to get in there as well now and then there’s a clutch of clubs battling it out for the next four positions and we’re sort of bottom of that and that is our natural rank if you look at the side, the support base and the facilities.”

We then move onto the Tony Larvin episode and whether it was difficult for the club to move on from that, the reply is very swift and decisive: “It’s interesting you raise that, I didn’t think it had credible legs at any point and if you actually follow the media coverage the whole time there was nothing that anybody said in the club that would give any encouragement that it was gonna happen.

“The whole publicity came from Tony himself and the Hull Daily Mail got hold of that and decided in their infinite wisdom that they were gonna run the story or a series of stories around it so it was never, it never got off first base in my mind.”

There is clearly still a wish in this engaging man’s mind to see Rovers as a self-financing club as the subject is broached: “Yes I think anybody in any business wants to make a profit or, if not, to at least break-even.

“Rugby League in the main is an expensive luxury for those who own the clubs there’s only a few who are profitable, I mean Leeds sit miles ahead of anybody else and the likes of Saints and Wigan that are profitable but possibly have some historic debt, or certainly would have had historic debt.

“We’ve probably made an honest surplus on last year but that’s because of Wembley and the boxing but that’s an unusual year but on the whole rugby is still not a cash rich sport.”

Another subject to be chewed over is what the man himself thinks is his proudest achievement as chairman of Hull KR, this draws a slightly less sure than normal answer: “Err I dunno, getting into Super League, staying in Super League, getting to Wembley, I don’t think we’ve got the proudest moment yet because we’re still working on it but at this point in time I suspect probably getting out the gutter and actually becoming a serious contender at the top table, being in Super League and when you look at the day-to-day durge I suppose being in Super League for 10 years is a bit of an achievement.”

Ground improvements are the next subject but are plans imminent to put another stand at the opposite end of the ground to the newest stand at the KC Lightstream Stadium? “Yeah there are plans for another stand but the key at the moment is to fill what we’ve got, we’re not at capacity so there’s no pressing urgency but I’d like to finish the ground off in the next two or three years.”

The conversation then turns to the academy merger and the subsequent decision by Hull FC to run an under 23s team, are there any such plans for Rovers, the answer leaves no doubt whatsoever: “No it’s not on the horizon, I don’t think there’s any need if that’s what Adam wants to do then that’s up to him.”

Looking at the season just past there is obviously some regret and some things that could maybe have been done differently: “You can always learn and develop I think, certainly key parts of the season where we lost players, every club has injuries but we really suffered especially with our halves.

“Our front row was also very light at times during the season as well, I think we were really disappointing in some games and maybe our preparation could have been better.”

Inevitably the 10th year in Super League comes into the conversation and Mr Hudgell clearly has certain wishes for the milestone season: “A solid top 8 finish, another cup run, good football that people want to see and increased crowds.”

Finally we get to the subject of the structure of the game now with the new era of the Super 8s and whether he would like to see anything change in the current structure: “I don’t like the structure, I think the fact that we’ve now got it democratically voted in by the narrowest margin means we’ve now got to stick to it, rugby league tends to chop and change and I don’t think that’s good for the game.

“My view is we stick with what we’ve got, in terms of the product I don’t think there’s a lot wrong with it, I think I would change the video referee and how that operates, but on the whole n o I don’t think there’s a lot wrong with the product.”

The idea of giving out the league leaders shield and a World Club Series place after 23 rounds and then starting the Super 8s teams on 0 points again draws a reply relating to a conversation he had with Adam Pearson: “We said do you wanna finish 8th or do you wanna finish 9th, if you finish 8th it’s a seven week hurrah at the end of the season.

“If you finish 9th you’ve got the jeopardy of the middle 8, now we never moved out of third gear apart from half a game against Leigh and against Wakefield, apart from that it was just plain sailing so there was no jeopardy and it was very flat.

“I don’t think there’s any hardened fast or easy solution other than there’s always winners and losers in any play-off system.”

Hull KR supporters could therefore have plenty to look forward to over the coming years with more changes afoot and a chairman with a burning desire that comes across as clear as a bell.

Six Characters In Search Of A Handout Going To Edinburgh Fringe

Hull-based Theatre on the Edge are taking their smash hit production to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2016 after its success in Hull this month.

The production, written and directed by Barrie Wheatley, is a gutsy, well paced, utterly realistic story of the hot brick subject of the large increase in use of food banks in Britain in recent years.

However, despite the massively political subject, it isn’t used as a hammer to bash the government over the head about what has led to the explosion of new food banks opening, or what is driving people to use them, instead it explains why they are being used in such vast quantities more subtly and apportions no blame apart from real situations which we all know about.

The show has moved between three nights at Kardomah 94, one night at Holy Trinity Church and finally one performance at the Northern Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA) and, all the while, has collected money and food to be given to the organisations who fight daily against food poverty to feed the needy that are being created every day.

After the last show at NAPA the cast said it had all been a great experience for them, this super talented cast of Sara Featherstone, Maxwell Smales, Stan Haywood, Jackie Rogers, Chris Gruca, Molly Robinson, Clare Crowther, Dave Bush, Kirsty Old, Jamie Wilks, Ella Straub and Katy Burgess, who have handled this controversial subject with absolute mastery, explained how they have pulled it off.

Katy Burgess who played the controversial character Katie said that, because of the nature of the character, playing her in the surrounds of Holy Trinity Church was very interesting for her, and Stan Haywood who played the intense but very well meaning Arnold explained they had to change some of the dialogue when they were in the church.

Maxwell Smales said walking down the aisle there “Felt very powerful” and Sara Featherstone said that “Being able to see all the audience in the church was very different.”

Another highlight for the whole cast is that audiences seem to have all really identified with the characters and Sara also exclaimed that Katy had told her “No matter how much we don’t like it, there’s a Katie in all of us somewhere.”

Doing a Q&A after each show also seems to have been something of a masterstroke which has generally been very well received by audiences and participants alike.

This show deserves great praise for its unflinching quality and guts, it is a piece of theatre that everybody can absolutely identify with on different levels and, although tragedy doesn’t put bums on seats, this reality production hits the cause of it squarely between the eyes without being too one sided.

Six Characters

Tre Amici Interview

Classical group Tre Amici are asking their supporters to back them in large numbers as they head towards the Christmas Period with the lads from Hull hitting the road during December.

On 6 December they will be appearing in Dewsbury in the Open Mic UK semi final, tickets are £10 for that event or if you pay £15 you get your ticket and travel with the trio on a coach to Dewsbury and back.

Michael Thomas from the group said: “We really need people to get behind us for this, it’s a massive competition and we want to do Hull proud.”

Martin Jackson said: “The semi final is so important, if we win we’ll be heading to the O2 arena for the final so it doesn’t get much bigger than that.”

Tickets are also seemingly selling well for their concert at Toll Gavel in Beverley on 18 December although some are still available, Michael said: “Tickets are selling well but there’s still some available.”

Martin confirmed this: “The best place to buy tickets for Toll Gavel is on our website.”

Tre Amici have been described as Hull’s answer to the 3 Tenors in the past and are thoroughly engaging and clearly love their hometown, as evidenced by their appearance on stage at the Christmas lights switch on, one can only hope they gain the recognition and success they surely deserve.

To buy tickets go to Tre Amici Tickets

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Indoor Market Trader Expects Benefits From Town Centre Regeneration

A trader in Hull’s Trinity Indoor Market believes the market can benefit from the regeneration work currently taking place in the City Centre.

Hull City Centre is currently benefitting from a £25M regeneration in preparation for the 2017 City of Culture celebrations.

Ian Rigg of Hull Prints says that the work could help increase footfall in both the New Town and Old Town areas as Hull starts gearing up for its year in the spotlight.

Mr Rigg said: “I think it’s very easy and unfair to blame the council for the problems in the city centre.

“St. Stephen’s is also a bit of a scapegoat which is unfair because all city centres have shopping centres in them and they manage.”

Speaking about what is needed to help increase footfall in the indoor market he said that it needs more unique bespoke stalls.

“We do ok here because we’re a bit of a unique stall because you can’t get these prints anywhere else.

“The record stall Spin It next door also does well because that’s something of a unique stall,” he continued.

Another issue market traders have previously raised is that many people knew it as a food court and maybe didn’t realize what an eclectic mix it has.

Mr Rigg also said: “We need more footfall and more people wanting to spend money, the regeneration outside can maybe also give the area a bit of the wow factor to attract more people.”