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Campaign to preserve Picture Theatre in Hull

The National Picture Theatre in Hull

Campaigners have started a petition to save the The National Picture Theatre in Hull, after its owners applied for planning permission to turn some of the site into a car park.

The building is Grade II Listed, and was given the status as it is a rare Blitz-damaged survivor.

It's said to be the only remaining example in the country of a civilian building damaged during the Blitz.

The National Civilian WW2 Memorial Trust want to develop it into a WW2 'Home Front Tribute'.

However, the current owner has submitted a planning application to develop the rear of the site into car park, and an outdoor eating and drinking area for a nearby pub.


Engineers devoted 12 years to restoring Dakota aircraft

A team of engineers has been working to restore the Dakota since December 2001 when the Yorkshire Air Museum acquired the aeroplane.

When I first obtained this aircraft by a chance telephone call to Coventry in 2001, I could not have imagined the work which our dedicated team of aircraft engineers would have to put in to get it to this high standard of restoration – it is truly a great credit to them, and I especially congratulate the project leader George Astley MBE for his determination and skill.”

– Ian Reed, Museum Director


History of the Dakota

Delivered to RAF Toronto in January 1945, the Dakota served with the Allied Far East Command during WWll before undertaking a series of roles as a civil airliner. After 54 years of service, the aircraft last flew in January 1999 on pollution control duties with Air Atlantique based at Coventry.

The retired aircraft was then used for spares until Air Atlantique’s Dakota fleet was finally retired.

On a chance telephone call, the offer was made to the Yorkshire Air Museum to take one of these and ‘AMY J’ was chosen because of the historic resonance of the initials – Amy Johnson, the Hull born legendary aviator. It has been undergoing restoration at the Yorkshire Air Museum since December 2001.

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