A stunning new wall mural featuring some of Hull’s music legends has nearly been completed. Retired art teacher Ed Ullyart has spent the last month transforming a graffiti-covered gable end in Clumber Street and just a few finishing touches remain. His artwork features the late guitarist Mick Ronson, Fine Young Cannibals singer Roland Gift, Everything But The Girl, The Housemartins, The Beautiful South, The Red Guitars, The Watersons, 1960s all-girl group Mandy and The Girlfriends and chart-topping duo Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott. Read more: The mini kingdom with max appeal for young and old right here in East Yorkshire Paul Jackson, owner of the Adelphi Club, also makes an appearance alongside two non-musical characters – the late Princes Avenue lollipop man Phil Boreham and Charlie Chaplin in a nostalgic nod to the old Chaplin’s restaurant in Princes Avenue which once occupied the same building. Mr Boreham, who died in January, was a familiar sight on the nearby pedestrian crossing for many years along with his trusty sidekick Snowy the dog. and a home-made Thank You sign he would show to drivers who stopped as he helped generations of schoolchildren cross the busy road. As well as attracting the attention of passers-by, the mural has also proved to be a hit with some of the people featured in it. To sign up for the Hull Live newsletter, click here
Late Princes Avenue lollipop man Phil Boreham and Charlie Chaplin both now feature on the mural
Tracey Torn, from Everything But The Girl, devoted a recent column to it in the New Statesman magazine. She said: “I feel slightly guilty, as all these people are Hull born and bred while I was a mere student there. “For a year I lived a ten minuite walk away from Clumber Street in Pearson Park and then for another year I lived even nearer in Salsbury Street. “I can’t imagine what I would have thought if you’d told me that one day, decades iin the future, my face would decorate the streets I walked around.
The late Phil Boreham at the Princes Avenue crossing where he worked as a lollipop man
“Anyway, it is an honour and instead of feeling guilty, I will work on just feeling flattered. The artist has done a grand job so far, using a range of brown and terracotta tones, so that the faces seem to emerge from the brickwork like natural forms, rather than being imposed. “It’s all very Hull, this mixture of fame and the opposite. All these people, it seems to say, have done very well and we are proud of them, and if you haven’t heard of some of them , well that’s your bloody fault.” Meanwhile, Jacqui Abbott has been singings the mural’s praises on Twitter.
Retired art teacher Ed Ullyart works on an image of Hull folk group The Watersons
She posted: “With sincere thanks to @EdUllyart for this work, @PaulHeatonSolo and myself have joined a beautiful mural displayed in Hull. Thank you so much, it is truly an honour.” However, while the artwork on the gable end is nearly done, Mr Ullyart has another set of designs earmarked for a nearby wall subject to the owner giving it the go-ahead. They are believed to feature yet more famous faces with a Hull connection. As the old saying goes, watch this space.