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People in Hull asked to have their say on naming new bridge

Credit: Highways England

People in Hull are being encouraged to have their say on which inspirational figure the city's new footbridge, which spans the A63, will be named after.

Students from the Newland School for Girls and Archbishop Sentamu Academy have been writing essays to the question; “The naming of the bridge – who inspires me and why?”.

A judging panel has shortlisted five individuals who all have close local links.

This includes World War Two veteran Thomas Ransom, a great uncle of one of the students, who flew around 30 missions in a Lancaster bomber and was shot down over the Atlantic Ocean. He survived the war and died in 2017 aged 97.

Second is Dr Mary Murdoch who was Hull’s first female GP, House Surgeon at the Victoria Hospital for Sick Children in Park Street and founder of the Hull Women’s Suffrage Society.

The remaining three names include “headscarf revolutionary” Lillian Bilocca, philanthropist and abolitionist William Wilberforce and Julia Lee who was the first woman to officiate men’s rugby league games in the United Kingdom.

People can visit the Minster to cast their vote or take part in an online poll which will be open from Monday 9 March for two weeks.

I can speak for the entire panel when I say we were really impressed by the calibre of the entries and it was a real challenge to narrow the list down to five.

Now we are asking the public to come along and cast their vote on who they think should inspire the name of the new bridge which is going to significantly improve connectivity in the centre of Hull.

When we have the results of the online and Minster votes, the judging panel will work with the winner and their school to finalise a name for the bridge based on the winning theme.

– Highways England senior project manager James Leeming

The new name will be announced at a ceremony when the bridge opens next spring.