New home for ‘Dead Bod’ a step closer following meeting to discuss final ‘roosting’ place

February 24, 2015

 Following a successful online campaign to save one of Hull’s most iconic pieces of folk art, a new home for ‘Dead Bod’ is a step closer after Associated British Ports (ABP) and campaigners, which included the daughter of the original artist, Capt. Len ‘Pongo’ Rood, sat down together to discuss the future of the treasured mural.

The image, which is painted on the front of one of the sheds earmarked for demolition as part of the new Siemens development at the Port of Hull’s Alexandra Dock, has been used as a navigation aid and landmark by mariners since it was first painted in 1960.

The campaign has sparked a number of creative publicity stunts and Dead Bod now has its own t-shirt and beer.

Now that work has begun on Alexandra Dock, an online campaign was started to save Dead Bod and ABP, which owns the site, agreed to try and remove and preserve the painting.

Simon Brett, ABP Head of Projects said: “It’s such an important part of Hull’s maritime heritage that we have to try and save it. It won’t be easy, and there are no guarantees, but we’re going to give it a go.”

The move has been warmly welcomed by campaigners across the city as well as by the family of Len Rood.

ABP has engaged the services of specialist contractors who will attempt to remove the corrugated iron panels on which Dead Bod currently resides, before he’s put into secure storage while his final ‘roosting’ place is decided.

In order to agree on a plan for Dead Bod’s future, representatives of ABP met with campaigners Andrae Sutherland and Jenny Wilson Rood, daughter of Len Rood, to take them through the removal process and hear their ideas on where Dead Bod should be placed so he can be enjoyed for years to come.

The company has also asked members of the public to come forward with suggestions on where they feel Dead Bod should be placed.

Jenny said: “I’m enormously grateful to everyone who’s taken the time to support the campaign and to ABP who have been fantastic and only too happy to help with the removal and preservation of Dead Bod.

“The meeting we had was very positive and we’re looking forward to seeing people’s suggestions on where he should live out the rest of his days.”

Following the meeting ABP announced that they would be forming a committee made up of campaigners and those who have supported them, to make the final decision on Dead Bod’s future based on the suggestions sent in by local residents and interested parties.

Any ideas or suggestions regarding Dead Bod’s future home should be sent to hull@abports.co.uk or to @ABPHumber using the #savedeadbod