City of culture status marked

As Hull nears the end of its year as UK City of Culture 2017, Hurst Plastics has unveiled a composite entrance door that pays tribute to one of the most prominent landmarks of the company’s home city.

Manufactured at Hurst Plastics’ factory in Hull, the door features an image of the Humber Bridge from local photographer Wendy Rowe, who lives in Hessle. The 2,220m-long suspension bridge, which was given Grade 1 listed building status in July, was chosen by Hurst as a fitting subject for the door because it captures the heart of Hull as a thriving city port and vibrant cultural destination. The bridge also inspired the name for the one-off door – the Humber Door.

The door was presented to Hull-based installer Yorkshire Windows and Doors, which has been a customer of Hurst Plastics for 20 years. The company will display the door in its showroom in Sutton Fields before handing it over to local charity Dove House Hospice. The hospice will auction the door at its annual Winter Ball, which takes place in November at The Country Park Inn in Hessle. The fundraising gala event hopes to raise £12,000 for the hospice.

Mark Atkinson, sales director at Hurst Plastics, presented the door to Chris Hornby from Yorkshire Windows.

“This is a really special year for Hull and we just had to produce something that marked the occasion and honoured our famous bridge,” Mark said. “We have some clever technology that’s capable of reproducing any photograph onto glass and so the idea was borne to create a door with a dazzling image that really captures the essence of Hull.”

Chris Hornby, managing director of Yorkshire Windows and Doors, said: “I’m a Hull man and this year has been an incredibly proud year for the people of Hull as UK City of Culture. I’m very pleased that the door will also help to raise money for Dove House Hospice. I have personal experience of the hospice and it’s a wonderful place.”