We are very proud and honoured to have had the Freedom Flame (AKA Montgomery Torch Of Unity) based in our Creative & Cultural Artspace. The Flame could be visited daily Monday to Saturday 12:00 – 17.00 and 12:00 – 16.00 on Sundays. There was no charge for visiting the Flame whilst it resided in the space.
The artwork with poppies was a 20,000 poppy piece by Martin Waters.
The stand for the Freedom Flame was created by local master wood carver Alan Stichler.
Hull Normandy Veterans Association were given the honour of collecting the Flame from Wageningen at midnight of May 4th/5th 2014. After bringing the Flame to Kingston upon Hull on May 8th (the 69th anniversary of the end of the war in Europe), the Flame was then presented to the Leader of Hull City Council before installation in The Creative & Cultural Artspace in Princes Quay, Hull. Our intention was for the City of Hull to house this Flame of Liberation as a mother flame which would then be distributed around the UK as daughter flames. The daughter Freedom Flames would then be used for charitable purposes and to promote freedom, peace and unity between nations.
The good people of the City of Kingston upon Hull have a deep seated history of fighting for what is right and good. From the English Civil War to William Wilberforce and the abolition of slavery, Hull has a long standing tradition of fighting for freedom, both for itself and for the good of others in the world.
To celebrate the Flame’s arrival, we held a fabulous event called the Freedom Flame Celebration. This included numerous musical performances alongside a month long exhibition of art inspired by the Flame and Freedom.