Thursday, 10 January 2013

Humberside Car Hire


Right down the Runway, near to Humberside International Airport, by Geograph.org.uk

Once upon a time, not so long ago, Humberside was a county in Northern England. It bordered North Yorkshire to the north and west, South Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire to the southwest, Lincolnshire to the south, and the cold North Sea to the east. But when you visit it today, in your Humberside Car Hire, you will in fact not be there at all, as on the 1 April 1996, Humberside was abolished and replaced by four unitary authorities: North Lincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire, Kingston upon Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire.

By 1964, the name Humberside was used to describe the area on both sides of the Humber Estuary which included the busy ports of Hull, Grimsby and Goole. The name brought the people of the area together; it was also widely used by the local authorities, who were trying desperately to promote the construction of a suspension bridge. Before the Humber Bridge was built, passengers would have the option of a ferry crossing or a long drive to cross the water, but after its construction, the bridge became the sixth largest of its type in the world, and reduced the travelling distance between Hull and Grimsby by 50 miles (80km)

So, although today you may officially not be in Humberside, you may not even know it as the name continues to be used in all kinds of institutions such as Radio Humberside, Humberside Police and Humberside Airport. It also remains the name of an extremely difficult dance – the Humberside Egg Dance.




Author: Kevin Hall+

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