Trips to remember for hundreds of schoolchildren thanks to ABP and Hull Children’s University

June 30, 2016

Pupils from Hall Road and Thorpe Park Primary Schools embark on their Humber Cruise

For the third year running ABP and Hull Children’s University have worked together to offer a series of cruises designed to help children learn about the Humber Estuary and how the river impacts their lives and the national economy.

The cruises, which take place aboard Scarborough-based steamer Regal Lady, are designed to give primary school-aged children from across Hull the chance to see their city from a different perspective and enjoy a day on the river. They have been running since 2014 and were the first of their kind on the Humber.

As well as finding their sea legs, more than 250 children were able to hear a commentary on the river’s past, present and future, complete worksheets with a Humber theme and take part in sea shanty workshops courtesy of Opera North whilst aboard the vessel, which was used to evacuate British troops from Dunkirk in 1940.

The cruises took place over a five-day period and departed each morning from King George Dock in Hull, before travelling upriver to the Humber Bridge or across to Immingham and returning in the afternoon.

ABP Port Manager Hull and Goole Mark Frith said: “The inaugural cruises in 2014 were first of their kind ever to be hosted on the Humber and we’re delighted to be able to work with Hull Children’s University once again to give local school children the chance to see their city from a different perspective.

“Over the past three years we have been able to provide this fantastic opportunity to almost 900 young people, each one of whom benefits from a totally unique learning experience and the chance to enjoy a day aboard a vessel perhaps for the first time ever.”

Jessica (9) of Hall Road Primary School said: “I’d like to be the captain of a ship. Being able to sail the Regal Lady is really inspiring!” While Shannon (9) thought the cruises were “exciting, fun and interesting.”

Director of Hull Children’s University Natasha Banke said: “It’s really gratifying to be able to provide such a unique experience to the children of Hull and we couldn’t do it without the help of ABP, Whitakers Tankers who supplied the fuel, the crew of the Regal Lady, our mentors and for the first time this year, Opera North, who have organised some excellent sea shanty workshops.

“Each year we think we can’t possibly make these cruises any better and each year we do. The children absolutely love it and it’s that excitement which makes us come back and do it again for another group of young people.”