Reproduction vintage railway posters by artists Rodmell and Loten have been installed on Huckleberry’s café on Marine Drive, Hornsea seafront by the Hornsea Area Renaissance Partnership (HARP) to improve the public realm and raise awareness of Hornsea’s local heritage.
The café is a very popular location for tourists and residents as a meeting place next to the feature fountain, which was installed as part of the award-winning redevelopment of the central promenade.
Local people had complained that two boarded up windows at the café made what is a very successful meeting place look derelict and unused from certain angles on the seafront. HARP devised the plan to put art on the windows and promote the local history of the area in order to create a sense of place and maintain the high quality of the central promenade’s design.
HARP joined forces with East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Hornsea Civic Society and Hornsea Town Council to fund the project, which required the purchase of copyright from the Science Museum Group to use the two well know posters. The boards also signpost people to Hornsea Museum on Newbegin, Hornsea where they can find out much more about the town’s heritage.
Councillor Barbara Jefferson, chairman of the Hornsea Area Renaissance Partnership, said: “We felt that this was an opportunity not only to improve the external appearance of the café but also promote Hornsea’s rich heritage including that of the railway, which had a huge impact on the development of the town.
“The images also show how artists such as H.H. Rodmell have been inspired by Hornsea’s spectacular vistas and unique character over the years.”