Hull Trawlermen’s wives, 1968

Hull’s Headscarf Heroes

Entered into Best Use of Footage in a History Production by Testimony Films

This is the extraordinary, little known story of a remarkable protest – led by a group of women from Hull’s fishing community. In 1968, after three of the city’s fishing trawlers had sunk within weeks of one another, at a cost of 58 of their men’s lives, the women of Hull rose up to campaign for a safer fishing industry.

Led by the indomitable Lil Bilocca, they took on the cartel of trawler owners that ran Hull’s fishing fleet. In the struggle that followed, they fought against prejudice, superstition and physical violence, in a battle that took them to the Houses of Parliament.

Their protest was a success, and the government introduced 88 new safety measure that saved countless lives

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