A Hull street was home to a number of notable people.
Westbourne Avenue, in the west of the city has a number of green plaques, commemorating famous residents. The latest two plaques to be unveiled are on the homes of novelist Dorothy L Sayers and the fourth-officer on the Titanic; Joseph Boxhall.
The actor Ian Carmichael unveiled a plaque on Sayers former residence. Carmichael, who lived on the same street as a boy, portrayed the crime writer’s most famous creation, Lord Peter Wimsey on television and radio.
Sayers lodged at number 80 from 1916-1917 while a teacher in Modern Languages at Hull High School for Girls.
Ian Carmichael as Lord Peter Wimsey
The ceremony was attended by members of the Dorothy L Sayers Society.
Mr Boxhall survived the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, when he was put in charge of one of the lifeboats.
The Lord Mayor of Hull unveils the plaque
The current owner, Diane Dubois, says that watching the Oscar winning film Titanic in the house is a strange experience. “You’re watching Leonardo DiCaprio on your telly and you see the guy in the background firing off the distress flares and taking the co-ordinates and you’re thinking that guy used to live in this house, and it does give you an eerie feeling.”
The two green plaques join others dedicated to the Thomas brothers; who produced the Carry On and Doctor film comedies, and the one on Ian Carmichael’s boyhood home.
last updated: 23/04/2008 at 09:03