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Community Celebrations to Commemorate Bransholme’s 50th Anniversary

Hull’s ‘great estate’, Bransholme, reaches its 50th milestone anniversary this year and the community is coming together to mark the occasion.

As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations, a photographic and memorabilia exhibition about life on Bransholme throughout the 50 years of its existence will take place in North Point Shopping Centre for six weeks.

The exhibition has been pieced together using old photographs, articles and tales of the area, including during its time in World War II as RAF Sutton on Hull, through to the construction of the estate and right up to present day.

Louise Smith, centre manager at North Point Shopping Centre, where the exhibition will take place from Monday, 20th February, said: “The exhibition in unit 4, opposite the New Look store, will be of interest to all those fascinated by local history, and especially people currently living in Bransholme.

“Even though the built environment of Bransholme estate has only been around for 50 years, a lot of people don’t know that Bransholme, the place, has a history dating back more than 1,000 years!

“As the major shopping centre on the estate, we’re a huge part of the community in Bransholme, so we’re thrilled to be able to host this nostalgic look at our fabulous part of Hull.

“From its muddled conception, through the “problem” years as it grew and grew, to the thriving community today, I don’t go a day without hearing people talk positively about the vibrancy of the Bransholme they know now. Everything we’re celebrating is all thanks to the wonderful people who made this place – whether they built it, lived in it, or worked in it.”

Much like Milton Keynes, which is also marking its 50th year in 2017, Bransholme was originally conceived as a new town, rather than a large estate, but government approval was not granted. Instead the Corporation of Kingston upon Hull (now Hull City Council) proposed a ‘local centre’ to create a sense of community, providing residents with every amenity they could need in one place.

Today, Bransholme estate has transformed into a stable, mature community. It’s home to North Point Shopping Centre, primary and secondary schools, a health centre, St John’s Church, library, as well as dedicated police and fire stations. The area also boasts Hull’s only nature reserve, at Noddle Hill. The Bransholme estate was originally planned to have a population of 26,000 but now has a population in excess of 30,000.