The Lord Mayor and pupils from Newland School for Girls
Schools including Newland School for Girls are receiving a copy of 'Agnes to Zebedee'

Schools to learn about Hull’s historic figures

All secondary schools in Hull are to receive a copy of a book published to mark the completion of the Lord Mayors Centenary Plaque trail.

The trail honours 100 individuals that made significant achievements for the benefit of people within and beyond Hull.

The project started in 2014, to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the creation of the role of Lord Mayor in Hull.

The accompanying book, ‘Agnes to Zebedee’, contains biographies of those honoured with plaques on the trail.

They include the Headscarf Revolutionaries, comedian Norman Collier, mathematician John Venn, and Ebenezer Cobb Morley – regarded as the founding father of modern football.

Agnes to Zebedee by Dr Robb Robinson
Agnes to Zebedee by Dr Robb Robinson

One of the schools that has received the book is Newland School for Girls, where it was awarded by the Lord Mayor and Admiral of the Humber, Councillor Kalvin Neal.

He appeared alongside author Dr Robb Robinson, who told pupils about the figures from very different walks of life who are profiled in the book.

The Lord Mayor awards a copy of 'Agnes to Zebedee' to Newland School for Girls
Children from Newland School for Girls, which received a copy of ‘Agnes to Zebedee’ from the Lord Mayor. L-R, Lady Mayoress Cllr Tracey Neal, Lord Mayor and Admiral of the Humber Cllr Kalvin Neal, Honorary Alderman Mary Glew, Author Dr Robb Robinson

The Lord Mayor said: “I’ve been really pleased to assist Honorary Alderman Glew continue with the Lord Mayors Centenary Plaque project, which really shows how many inspirational people were born in, or were associated with, our city”.

“I’m really pleased that schools will have a copy of the book, so children can learn more about the pioneers from our part of the world.”

All royalties from the sale of the book are being given to the charities supported by the current Lord Mayor, which are Dove House Hospice and Hull 4 Heroes.

Former Lord Mayor, Honorary Alderman Mary Glew, initiated the project.

She said: “The book accompanying the trail has been really popular, with the first batch of books flying off the shelves of the Ferens Art Gallery and some of the museum gift shops within weeks.

“Those shelves will be restocked, allowing the book to make an ideal Christmas gift.

“It’s also available from independent bookshops, such as Wrecking Ball and Carnegie.

“I’m really happy that children in the city will have the chance to read the book at school.

“I am sure that the inspirational people from Hull included within the book cannot fail to influence their own aspirations and futures.”

Free copies of the trail map are available from the Welcome Information Centre at Paragon Station, while a trail app, Hull 100, is also available to download.

Display shows the front of Hull Minster in wood with a snow scene in front.
Fly-tipped waste in Newland Avenue, Hull.