Amy Johnson’s replica Gypsy Moth plane, made by Hull Prison inmates as part of Hull 2017, has now made its move to St Stephen’s Shopping Centre, writes Fallon Flanagan.
It was originally in talks to be moved to the Yorkshire Air Museum in North Yorkshire, but the artist and designer of the plane, Leonard J Brown started a public campaign to keep it in Hull.
Brown threatened to “chain himself to it” if the model were to continue the move to the Air Museum. Local MPs such as Diana Johnson, Karl Turner and Emma Hardy were all part of the public outcry that demanded the airplane to remain in its home.
Today the plane has is finally being moved to St Stephen’s and there are discussions about hanging it from the ceiling.
Jim Harries, centre manager said he is “delighted” to be hosting the model. He said:
“The model of Amy Johnson’s Gipsy Moth celebrates the creativity and culture in every single corner of Hull, and the incredible legacy of Amy Johnson. With 12 million visits a year the model will continue to be enjoyed, and tell its fascinating story, to all our customers.”
The model sits at the rear entrance of the shopping centre just past Tescos, with a board full of information to the left of it which customers can read.
Natalie Sedman, 35 said:
“I’m so happy its staying in Hull. It’s great to be continuing celebrating Hull’s culture and history even past 2017, I was one of the people who signed the petition to keep in here so i’m really happy”.