REYTA Awards 2019

The ECF is proud to have been shortlisted in the Remarkable East Yorkshire (REYTA) Awards 2019 in the Remarkable Tourism Category for last year’s highly successful British Chess Championships in Hull. Unfortunately we did not win, but there was a rather nice certificate by way of consolation. Pictures here

Douglas Vleeshhouwer and Jo Hutchinson at the event, representing HDCA & the ECF

The glittering awards ceremony evening took place at the brand new ‘Bonus Arena’ in Hull where 534 people gathered. While we were disappointed not to win in our section (large events category) were we shortlisted on the back of the added ‘tourists’, publicity for the city and  income bought into Hull during the British Chess Championships. It was estimated by VHEY (visit Hull and East Yorkshire) that the Championships bought an additional £1.3m into Hull (see the article in the October edition of Chess Magazine). The full award entry was made by Stephen Greep, General Secretary of the Hull and District Chess Association on behalf of the ECF and HDCA.

Who beat us? Unsurprisingly, perhaps, a local event – the Humber Street Sesh. The Humber Street Sesh started in 2012, located in warehouses near Hulls marina. It is now a weekend event and  in 2018 the festival extended its coverage with an estimated attendance around 35,000. It is a much-loved local event attracting all ages from the region and further afield.