25 – Because It’s Christmas spreads across the city.

Cathy Westby, and Bishop of Hull – Rt Rev Alison White – and Liane Kensett of Believe in Hull unveil the first cartoon of Hull 25.

Hull is benefiting from a large-scale advent calendar of the Christmas story as the city’s church cultural partnership, Believe in Hull, celebrates the month of December.

The “25…Because It’s Christmas” campaign consists of a series of simple, black and white prints made by Yorkshire-based illustrator Simon Smith, inspired by the Christmas story. They are accompanied by words from poet Ian Adams. The first building to launch the advent calendar on Saturday was Hull’s Paragon Station and the image on day two was at East Park Café.

High-profile public spaces in the city centre and locations across Hull will be the focal points of the Hull 25 advent calendar.  The large images will appear in windows or will be prominent at community venues, churches and commercial properties.

Organiser Liane Kensett says: “After last year’s success with the Battered and Berthed exhibition at Princes Quay  and Believe in Hull’s Advent Adventure in 2016, we felt a city advent calendar was an ideal move. There will be clues on social media and on our website. The first person to find an image will collect chocolate and then I hope that people will share where they found the cartoon.”

Speaking at the launch, the Bishop of Hull, the Right Reverend Alison White, said: “It’s great to be able to launch the start of our advent calendar. Here we are in the Station, where people are coming and going. We are waiting for the coming of love among us which is changing the world and the name of love is Jesus Christ. We are getting ready to celebrate him here in Hull this Christmas.”

The location of the daily image will be announced at 8am daily on a dedicated Facebook page @hull25, Twitter @25_hull  and website, www.hull25.uk, with a competition for the first person to find it, collect a prize and send in a selfie.

A map of all the locations will be available online from www.hull25.uk from 27th-31st December and all images can then be viewed at Paragon Station in the run-up to Epiphany (12th Night) on 6th January 2019.

[Tony Barker – Believe in Hull]