50 things you'll only know if you lived in Hull in the Noughties

The Noughties brought about a new century and a new millennium. Britney was topping the charts, Tony Blair was in number ten and David Beckham was England captain. It’s a time every adult can remember and it can be hard to comprehend that New Year’s Eve 1999 is now more than two decades ago.

Donald Trump was still just a property mogul, Raheem Sterling had just started primary school, and smart phones and social media were a thing of the future. From a Hullensian point of view it was a momentous decade. Prezza was bossing it in Westminster, Michelle Dewberry was about to become Alan Sugar’s apprentice and Hull City would go from the bottom tier of English football to the dizzying heights of the Premier League.

What a time to be alive. Here’s a look back at some Hull Noughties memories.

1) The Deep opening

It first opened it’s doors back in 2002- the world’s first and only submarium, in Hull!

The Deep opened in 2002

2) Boothferry Park

The black and amber faithful still flocked to Fer Ark on Saturday afternoons. By the 00s the old ground was a bit rough around the edges but we still loved it.

50 things you'll only know if you lived in Hull in the NoughtiesHull City supporters stage a good-natured pitch invasion to mark the end of their team’s last ever match at the Boothferry Park ground

3) Boulevard

It was a similar situation for west Hull’s egg chasers who’d been making the trip to Boulevard to watch The Airlie Birds since 1895.

4) The Kingston Communications Stadium

But in winter 2002 both sets of fans were given a glitzy new home.

Hull City beat Sunderland 1-0 in the first game at the KC Stadium.

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5) Endeavour High School

Endeavour School had its first in take of kids in summer 2004. It wouldn’t last long leaving a unique generation of Endeavour alumni in the city.

50 things you'll only know if you lived in Hull in the NoughtiesEndeavour High School pupil Kaye Purvis

6) Shopping at Woolworths

We all remember bagging a bargain at Woolies. What didn’t they sell!?

Sadly the Hull city centre store didn’t last the decade.

7) Fun Junction

The Indiana Jones assault is the stuff of legend if you were a Hull kid in the noughties.

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8) Northern foods

The huge building was a city centre landmark until it was demolished.

9) The top deck of princes quay

Everyone loved clothes shopping at the independent stores of Princes Quay’s wonderful top deck

50 things you'll only know if you lived in Hull in the NoughtiesTop deck, Princes Quay

10) Hot Dogs at Princes Quay

The Taste of Europe stall on the shopping centre’s ground floor served some of the city’s tastiest hot dogs.

11) Meeting at pit

More commonly known as Beverley gate, if you were a teenager in the noughties ‘pit’ was the place to be seen on a Saturday afternoon.

12) Blue Banana

Having met your mates at ‘pit’ your next stop might have been Blue Banana in Whitefriargate. Top purchases included super skinny jeans and beanie hats, and maybe if you were feeling adventurous you might get one of those terrifying plug ear piercings.

50 things you'll only know if you lived in Hull in the NoughtiesBlue Banana, Whitefriargate, Hull city centre

13) Being voted the UK’s crappest town

Some idiot named Hull the UK’s crappest town in 2003.

14) Wilberforce anniversary

In 2007 the city celebrated the 200th anniversary of William Wilberforce’s bill abolishing slavery in the British Empire.

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15) Viking FM’s Feel the Noise Live in East Park

Thousands of screaming fans swooned as Gareth Gate’s half-crooned half-mimed his way through Unchained Melody in 2002.

50 things you'll only know if you lived in Hull in the NoughtiesGareth Gates performing in East Park

16) Deano’s goal

Windaaaaaaaaaaaaaass!

Moment of the decade? There’s no doubt for city fans, Deano’s perfect strike fired City into the Premier League for the first time ending 104 years of hurt.

17) Hull KR’s promotion to Super League

In 2006, Hull KR beat Widnes to finally return to rugby league’s top flight and compete in the Super League for the first time.

18) Hull FC winning the Challenge Cup

In 2005 Hull FC beat Yorkshire rivals Leeds in Cardiff to win their third challenge cup – it was their first since 1982!

50 things you'll only know if you lived in Hull in the NoughtiesHull FC won the Challenge Cup in 2005

19) The Beautiful South albums

The Hull based band were one the country’s best loved musical outfits. They released four albums in the noughties; Painting it Red (2000) , Gaze (2003) , Goldiggas Headnodders and Pholk Songs (2004) and Superbi (2006).

They split up in 2007 claiming the split was due to “musical similarities”.

20) Going to see The Paddingtons

The noisy indie rockers hit the big time in 2005 with their debut album First Comes First.

50 things you'll only know if you lived in Hull in the NoughtiesThe Paddington’s meeting fans at an event in HMV

21) The big screen in Queen Victoria square

It arrived in Queen Victoria Square in 2004 and immediately divided opinion – it survived the decade but was dismantled in 2010.

22) St Stephen’s opening

Hull’s marquee shopping centre opened its doors to shoppers for the first time in 2007 bringing with it exciting new shops to city.

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23) The old Hull truck

Meanwhile, down the road on Ferensway, Hull Truck moved into a swanky new home in the same year after more than two decades at the 150-seater Spring Street Theatre.

50 things you'll only know if you lived in Hull in the NoughtiesThe old Hull Truck theatre in Spring Street

24) Pave, Princes Avenue’s first bar

On Princes Ave, Pave paved the way for a whole host of new bars and restaurants in a decade the street became Hull’s nightlife hotspot.

25) Nights out on Beverley Road

But in the early part of the decade Beverley Road still offered a great night out. Pubs and bars like The Mainbrace, Hockney’s and Hogshead were all popular spots.

Watch: Big Night Out at O’Riley’s

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26) Rooting for Roxanne on Pop idol

The Hull lass was just a teenager at the time but wowed judges Simon Cowell, Neil Fox, Nicki Chapman and Pete Waterman to get in to the finals of series two of Pop Idol in 2003.

50 things you'll only know if you lived in Hull in the NoughtiesRoxanne Cooper starred in series two of Pop Idol

27) Liam Mower in Billy Elliot the Musical

Another teen sensation, NAPA’s Liam Mower was picked to star in the lead role of the original London cast of Billy Elliot the Musical.

28) Pippa Fulton in Fame Academy

The Hull student starred on the first series of BBC’s talent show.

50 things you'll only know if you lived in Hull in the NoughtiesHull student Pippa Fulton on Fame Academy

29) The Hull floods

The city was one of the worst hit areas during the floods of 2007 which left thousands displaced and had an impact that would be felt for years to come.

30) Nights at Pozition

The George Street club was packed to the rafters on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, as its sound system blared out the latest hits.

Watch: 77 pictures from a Dance Paradise night at Pozition in 2006

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31) Nick Barmby beating Germany 5-1

Just watch the second goal. Gerrard’s shot definitely comes off Barmby.

50 things you'll only know if you lived in Hull in the NoughtiesNick Barmby front left as England line up to face Germany in 2001

32) The first Freedom festival

The first ever Freedom festival was held in a sunny weekend in late August 2008 with The Magic Numbers and Noah and the Whale headlining the gig in Queens gardens.

33) The Clipper Race

But it would be the 2009 edition of the festival, combined with the launch of the Clipper Yacht Race, that provided the city’s party of the decade.

Peter Andre, Florence And the Machine, JLS, Pixie Lott and Grooverider all starred as 150,000 people attended the festivities.

50 things you'll only know if you lived in Hull in the NoughtiesPeter Andre entertaining fans at Freedom festival

34) East Park’s renovation

The GBP6.4 million restoration was completed in 2008 with a new a giant walk-through aviary, an animal education centre, a boat house and a community pavilion.

35) The old bus station

A 1930s steel canopy that offered little protection from the elements, the new bus interchange in 2007 was a much needed improvement.

50 things you'll only know if you lived in Hull in the NoughtiesThe old bus station

36) Gola bags

The brightly coloured flight bags were all the rage. By the late noughties it seemed almost every pupil in the city was sporting a Gola bag for school.

37) Orchard Park’s high rise flats

In 2002 two high-rise flats in the Danepark area were demolished and two of the three high rise flats in the Thorpe Park areas were demolished in 2002 and 2004 – Orchard Park’s skyline changed forever.

50 things you'll only know if you lived in Hull in the NoughtiesOrchard Park’s high rise flats

38) Baby Welly and baby Poz

Hundreds of teens packed out the city’s biggest clubs between 7pm and 10pm on underage ‘alcohol free’ nights out.

39) Visits from the Queen

Back in March 2009 when The Queen, accompanied byPrince Philip, arrived at Paragon Interchange on the Royal Train before opening the new  Oncology and Haematology Centre at Castle Hill Hospital . And in 2002 the royal couple headed to  Beverley  to celebrate her Golden Jubilee year.

They arrived at the town’s station before heading to Beverley Minster for a special service, Saturday Market and Beverley Racecourse.

50 things you'll only know if you lived in Hull in the NoughtiesThe Queen’s visit to Beverley race course in 2002

40) John Prescott’s rumble in Rhyl

The so-called Rumble in Rhyl occurred after Lord Prescott hit out at a pro-hunting protester who’d launched an egg which hit the side of the then deputy Prime Minister’s head. The whole fiasco played out in front of the nation’s media, oh dear.

50 things you'll only know if you lived in Hull in the NoughtiesJohn Prescott during the incident in Rhyl

41) Michelle Dewberry winning apprentice

In 2006, Michelle Dewberry won the second series of the Apprentice and securing a GBP100,000 a year job to with Alan Sugar and it wouldn’t be the last we heard from her…

50 things you'll only know if you lived in Hull in the NoughtiesMichelle Dewberry preparing to take on Ruth Badger in the final of the Apprentice

42) Those strange Peruvian hats from Hull fair

Another fashion trend we’d all rather forget. One year at Hull Fair, luminous versions of this Peruvian style head gear became all the rage, what were we thinking!?

43) Trib Fest

The world’s biggest tribute band festival started in East Yorkshire during the noughties.

44) Shopping at Jacksons

Before being taken over by Sainsburys, Jackson’s stores could be found on all of the city’s main streets.

50 things you'll only know if you lived in Hull in the NoughtiesJacksons in Anlaby Road

45) And Comet

Founded by Hullensian George Hollingbery in 1933, Comet had stores selling electrical items all over the UK until it went into administration in 2012.

46) Joe Longthorne being handed The Variety Club’s Lifetime Achievement award

It placed the Hull singer alongside an illustrious list of past winners including Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Judy Garland.

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47) Eating out at Yankee Burger, Pier Luigis and Chiquitos

Be it a burger, fries and shake at Yankee Burger, a pasta at Pier Luigi’s or fajitas at Chiquito’s the noughties had some classic restaurants.

50 things you'll only know if you lived in Hull in the NoughtiesJohn Science pictured outside his Yankee Burger Restaurant on Hessle Road

48) The first episode of Benidorm

Hull born Derren Litten’s Benidorm first hit our screens in 2007 as well as the Catherine Tate Show which aired from 2004 to 2007 featuring sketches written by Litten.

49) Dan on Big Brother

2004 saw the city get behind one of our own in another hit TV series when Dan Bryan starred in the 2004 series of Big Brother.”

50 things you'll only know if you lived in Hull in the NoughtiesDan Bryan in the Hull Daily Mail offices after competing in Big Brother

50) The BBC building opening

Look North was broadcast across the whole of the Yorkshire and Lincolnshire region before the BBC studios in Hull were built.

It split in November 2002 with Peter Levy moving to present the East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire edition and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

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