Hull Civic Society is pleased to announce the award of a Good Mark to Odlings Memorial Wholesalers for the construction of a replica phone box for Hull City of Culture.
Odlings has been based in Hull for 120 years and employs over 60 people who create bespoke memorials for the monumental trade.
Artists working for the family-owned firm created a 3/4 size replica of one of Hull’s iconic K6 cream phone boxes to show off Hull and to showcase the skill of the company in producing one-off creations of artwork on granite. It weighs nearly 1/4 tonne and is made of Indian polished black granite which has been skilfully sandblasted, etched, carved and hand -painted by lead artist Sandra Davison and her team Luke Kilvington,Ron Mansell and Richard Newbolt who also receive Good Mark Awards.
The phone box was used as a centrepiece for Odlings at a national trade fair in Warwickshire and generated much interest as it included some of Hull’s most famous people and places such as William Wilberforce,Amy Johnson,Mick ronson,Luke Campbell,the Humber Bridge and The Deep reflected in its windows.
The phone box is now on permanent display at Hull History centre where the Good Mark certificates were presented on 13th March by John Scotney, Chairman of Hull Civic Society to Duncan Reynolds, Managing Director of Odlings, and to the artists (shown in group photo from l to r Luke Kilvington Duncan Reynolds, Sandra Davison,Ron Mansell and Richard Newbolt).
The Civic Society Good Mark Scheme was instigated over 50 years ago to celebrate “an activity in the City of Hull which shows initiative,enterprise and loving care and improves the quality of life for its citizens.” The granite phone box by Odlings fulfils all these criteria.
[Hilary Blackstock – Hull Civic Society]