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Hull buildings and landmarks to be lit up green on Thursday

Hull’s best-loved buildings will be lit up in green in support of national healthcare and first aid charity St John Ambulance on Thursday for St John’s Day.

‘Light It Green’ is a national initiative to mark a focal point of the charity’s annual calendar of activity, when the team of volunteers and staff reflect on the past 12 months and plan for future work in communities around the country. 

The work of the charity and its volunteers is also being highlighted through a new campaign, ‘Ask Me’, which focuses on many stories that tell of the lives saved and positively changed by first aid and St John. 

Hull City Council is supporting the charity’s volunteers and staff as they continue to work on the NHS vaccination programme, respond to the pandemic and start returning to event duties and providing first aid training. 

Buildings and landmarks to go green on Thursday are Hull City Hall, William Wilberforce Statue, Hull Maritime Museum, Andrew Marvell Statue, Hull Guildhall bell tower and sculptures, Hull Plaza Walkway, Queen Victoria Statue and Hull Minster. 

Councillor Hester Bridges, Deputy Leader of Hull City Council and Chair of its Health and Wellbeing Board, said: “We are grateful for the chance to say thank you to St John Ambulance volunteers who give their time to keep residents safe at festivals and other popular events in the city. 

Vans outside of Hull City Hall

Hull City Hall is one of the buildings due to go green on Thursday.

“Not only will our beautiful buildings look very striking when lit up green, this is a great tribute to those volunteers in instantly recognisable green uniforms who give peace of mind to so many people in Hull and all over the country.” 

Mick Messinger, Chancellor of the Priory of England and the Islands of the Order of St John, said: “For the second year running, it will be wonderful to see so many buildings lit up in green on 24 June to help us celebrate St John’s Day and we’re immensely grateful to the owners and custodians who agreed for this to happen. The contribution and participation of so many people around the country has made St John’s Day 2021 another memorable day and we hope many people will be prompted to ask us how our work has had a positive impact on the lives of others.” 

To support the charity through fundraising, visit Find more detail about St John’s new ‘Ask Me’ campaign at

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