The Headscarf Revolutionaries

The author of The Headscarf Revoluntionaries, Brian Lavery, gave this morning’s Sixth Form Lecture. He spoke of the "Dark Winter" of 1968, during which fifty-eight Hull trawlermen died when three ships sank in as many weeks. The Triple Trawler Disaster sparked a fishwives' uprising that took on the Establishment and won. In spite of death threats, violence, blacklisting and pillorying in the media, the Hessle Road fishwives, led by Mrs Lillian Bilocca, a.k.a. "Big Lil" fought for their men and changed the most dangerous industry on earth – but at a great personal cost.

Brian’s lecture gave a fascinating insight into an incredibly important part of the city’s history and was well received by the students.