Hull trains has now announced all the names of its Paragon train fleet. The fifth name was chosen by members of the public, with more than 2,500 people voting online.
The winner of the public vote was ‘Jean Bishop (The Bee Lady)’ who is a local from Hull who has spent the past 30 years raising money for a charity dressed up as a bee.
The fleet’s other names were chosen by local VIPs and Hull Train employees, naming them Hull-born pioneer pilot ‘Amy Johnson’, politician, philanthropist and leader of the movement to end the slave trade ‘William Wilberforce’, the famous street name ‘The Land of Green Ginger’ and Hull’s iconic landmark, ‘The Humber Bridge’
The public vote included a raffle for the member of the public who selected the winning name who will receive two first-class round-trip tickets.
The winner of the raffle will soon be announced on Hull Trains social media.
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.