Prominent business leaders from a wide range of sectors signalled their support for the Viola campaign at a second gin night hosted at 1884 Wine & Tapas Bar.
They took to social media to share their enthusiasm for the campaign, they ordered bottles of the commemorative Viola gin and they sealed sponsorship deals to help fund a calendar featuring the Viola and other ships closely linked to Hull’s nautical heritage.
The dinner was the second in a series of events organised to promote the Viola gin and to raise awareness of the campaign to bring the ship back to Hull.
It kicked off with a presentation by Emma Kinton of Hotham’s Distillery about the history, traditions and science of gin and about the idea behind the Viola version which they make at their premises in Hepworth’s Arcade, Hull.
The evening continued with a series of brief talks by Dr Robb Robinson, a maritime historian and member of the Viola trustees, about the history and exploits of the vessel.
Robb was followed by Rob Kingdom, Project Director at Hull City Council, who gave an update on the Hull: Yorkshire’s Maritime City project.
Paul Escreet, Chair of the Viola Trust, concluded the evening with a rallying call urging guests to support the fund-raising initiatives and to spread the word within their wider networks about the campaign.
To buy a bottle of Viola gin please call in at Hotham’s Distillery in Hull or place an order at the company’s website at www.hothams.co.uk