Plaque by Ronnie Pickering


Ronnie Pickering briefly found fame in 2015 when his roadside speech became viral

A group is installing alternative blue plaques in Hull to celebrate the unusual achievements and interesting characters of the city.

Calvin Innes, of Drunk Animal Creative Studio, said the idea was to present "the good, the bad and the offbeat".

The latest in the collection is a plaque for Ronnie Pickering, whose attack against a motorcyclist became viral in 2015.

The plates also mark the local cuisine, including a spicy condiment for potato chips.

Mr Innes said that there were now 17 scattered plaques in the city and that others would be scheduled in the coming weeks.

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Mr. Pickering hit the headlines in 2015 when he was filmed asking a biker "do you know who I am?" and challenging him to a "hand-to-hand fight" after being caught. He later apologized for his explosion.

Mr. Innes said, "Like it or not, it's part of Hull's makeup.

"We celebrate the good, the bad, the strange and the weird."

Innes said the plaques "defending the living legends of Hull" were generally welcomed, with Pickering's most popular public suggestion being by far.


Jean Bishop, who raised more than £ 100,000 for Age UK while he was disguised as a bee, received a commemorative plaque at Princes Quay

The alternative plates, all of which were set up in the dark, and with permission from the owners, also pay tribute to Bishop John, who raised more than £ 100,000 for Age UK dressed as a bee, and to Graham Boanus, who crossed the waters of the river. Humber for charity in 2005.

John Venn, a mathematician born in Hull – who has developed a method to illustrate data in groups – is celebrated, as is his beard.

A word on Twitter wrote: "I've never met John Venn, we do not get mixed up in the same circles."

Local tour guide Paul Schofield also said that the plaque "celebrating the bearded mathematician of Hull" was his favorite up until now.


Celebrating plaque John Venn is located next to the Drypool Bridge

There is also an indiscreet plaque that marks the place where, in 1984, Lee offered Sandra a "croggy" riding on the handlebars of her bicycle.

This is a nod to the 80s playground discussions, Innes said.

Another is Rod and Brenda Wilson, who introduced "chip spice" into the city – a spicy salt condiment that is an omnipresent offering in local chip shops.

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The Dead Bod plaque rubs an image of the original graffiti, which is now housed in a local art gallery

The graffiti painted on a shed at Alexandra Dock in the 1960s, known as the Dead Bod, are also in the spotlight.

The work, painted by two trawlers, welcomed the fishermen back in the waters of the Humber.

A story in pots of plates

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  • The first set of blue plates in England began with a tribute to the poet Lord Byron, who saw his birthplace at 24 Holles Street in London.
  • The London Program, launched by the Society of Arts, is now managed by English Heritage
  • Recipients of official awards must have been dead for at least 20 years and have lived in the place where they are in contact, either for a long time or for a significant period of time.
  • Outside London, many municipal councils, civic societies and other organizations run similar programs.
  • All plates are not blue, including that of the home of the author, publisher and essayist Samuel Johnson, at 17 Gough Square, London.