Hull dock holds charity centenary celebration

Archive picture of King George Dock Image copyright ABP
Image caption The dock was built to export coal from Yorkshire mines

Hull's King George Dock is marking its centenary with a family fun day to raise funds for a local school, originally set up to educate dockworkers children.

The dock's owners Associated British Ports (ABP) said it hoped to raise £50,000 for nearby Marfleet Primary School.

The company said the money would be used to build a new classroom.

The dock was built in 1914 to export coal from Yorkshire pits.

'Green Port'

Activities at the open day includes a tour of the North Sea ferry terminal and a chance to drive a crane simulator.

John Fitzgerald, ABP's director Humber, said: "The centenary provides us with a great opportunity to open our facilities to the local community and allow them to see a working port up close."

As coal exports began to decline, the docks began to move into the export of wool and the trade in food products.

In 1969 it was expanded using reclaimed land, with the new area being named Queen Elizabeth Dock.

The adjoining Alexandra Dock is to become the site of a new "Green Port" with German engineering giant Siemens building a £160m factory to build turbines for offshore wind farms.

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