Tyne & Wear

Alan Hull: Plaque approved for late Lindisfarne singer

Alan Hull. BBC Look North archive footage circa 1960s
Image caption Alan Hull was behind such hits as Fog on the Tyne, Run for Home and Lady Eleanor

A memorial plaque is to be erected on Tyneside in honour of the late lead singer of 1970s folk band Lindisfarne.

It will be put up at Newcastle's City Hall in honour of Alan Hull, the man behind the hit Fog on the Tyne.

The band's former manager Barry McKay, who described Hull as a "defender of the underprivileged", had been campaigning for the plaque since 2006.

Hull, who died in 1995, at the age of 50, will be honoured with a Newcastle City Memorial Blue Plaque.

Newcastle Council's conservation advisory panel approved the tribute to be placed at the city hall, where Hull performed more than 140 times.

The memorial campaign has been supported by famous North East names including Jimmy Nail, Mark Knopfler and Sting.

Henri Murison, Newcastle Council cabinet member for quality of life, said: "Songs like Run for Home and Fog on the Tyne are some of this city's most famous anthems and are known all over the world.

'Favourite venue'

"They are a welcome reminder to Geordies living abroad of home whenever they are played.

"Alan wrote most of Lindisfarne's songs and it is fair to say that Lindisfarne were to Newcastle what The Beatles were to Liverpool."

Mr McKay said: "I'm extremely happy and proud that Alan is to be honoured.

"Although he performed all over the UK and across the globe, the city hall was Alan's favourite venue in the world."

Before forging a career in music, Hull worked as a mental health nurse at the city's St Nicholas Hospital, and was also a poet.

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