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Headscarf revolutionary to turn on Christmas lights


Hull City Council is delighted to announce that headscarf revolutionary Yvonne Blenkinsop will join the Lord Mayor at this year’s Christmas lights switch-on.

This year marks 50 years since the Triple Trawler Disaster, which galvanised women like Yvonne to demand improved safety legislation for those working at sea.

Their campaigning has saved thousands of lives.

Councillor Peter Allen, Lord Mayor and Admiral of the Humber, said: “Yvonne Blenkinsop’s relentless pursuit and demand for improvements in safety legislation has saved thousands of lives.

“Along with the other brave and determined women who became known as the ‘headscarf revolutionaries’, Yvonne’s historic contribution to the city is both remarkable and humbling.

“I am delighted that she has agreed to join me in the Christmas lights switch-on.

“Each year, with so many worthy candidates in the city to turn on the lights, it’s an incredibly difficult choice. I’m sure the city will acknowledge this opportunity to celebrate Yvonne and her fellow headscarf revolutionaries, and the thousands of lives they have saved.”

This year the switch-on will take place on Thursday 15 November.

There will be performances on City Hall Balcony and light and sound installations in Queen Victoria Square.

Entertainment will start at 5.30pm, with the switch-on taking place at 6.45pm.

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