Public and local figures help name Hull Trains’ Paragon fleet
Hull Trains has announced the five names for its fleet of Paragon trains, including the fifth, chosen by members of the public.
Over 2,500 people voted online. The winning name of the public vote is:
- ‘John Bishop (The Lady Bee)’. A beloved Hull resident who spent 30 years fundraising in her home town to raise over £125,000 for charity dressed as a bee.
‘Jean Bishop’ was the winning name from among five entries chosen for the public vote, as selected by local figures and Hull Trains employees. The VIPs also chose the four other names of the fleet which are:
- Pioneer pilot born in Hull’Amy Johnson‘.
- Politician, philanthropist and leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade’William Wilberforce‘.
- The famous street name ‘The land of green ginger‘.
- Hull’s iconic landmark, ‘The Humber Bridge‘.
Name That Train was first introduced in 2019 when the Paragon fleet launched, Hull Trains received hundreds of name suggestions for the five individual trains. After suspending competition due to COVID-19, Hull Trains revisited the initiative this year and finally named its fleet.
Local VIP Teresa Chalmers, COO of HEY LEP, who backed the winning name, said: “What wonderful news to hear that Jean will be commemorated within the Hull Trains fleet. The fact that so many people voted for her shows the impact she has had on our town, and this will hopefully be a lasting legacy for a lady who has done so much good in Hull.
David Gibson, Managing Director of Hull Trains, added: “We at Hull Trains are all delighted with the names chosen for our fleet. It’s a true celebration of Hull and the perfect way to shine a light on exceptional people and monuments. Each train will receive its nameplate in the coming weeks, so keep an eye out for our journey. I want to thank everyone who submitted the long list of names and for voting. As part of the public vote, Hull Trains has included a draw for one lucky member of the public who correctly votes for the winning name. The winner will receive two first class return tickets and will be announced on Hull Trains social media in the coming days