George Hudson namesakes invited to boardroom opening

George Hudson namesakes invited to boardroom opening

George Hudson namesakes invited to boardroom opening

First published in News

NAMESAKES of York’s railway king George Hudson are being invited to a special event in the city next month.

City of York Council wants anyone called George, Georgina or Georgia Hudson to come to the official opening of the George Hudson boardroom in its new headquarters.

The room is being reopened as part of the council’s move into West Offices, which was formerly York’s previous railway station. The station was designed by GT Andrews in 1840 and was the vision of George Hudson, who later became Lord Mayor of York. The boardroom will host council or public meetings.

Tracey Carter, the council’s assistant director, said: “We want to celebrate the fascinating heritage of this building by marking the re-opening of the George Hudson boardroom. We thought: what better way to do that than to invite modern day George or Georgia or Georgina Hudsons to come along and be part of our weekend event, and to hear about their Victorian namesake, share their personal stories and get the inside view of this fantastic renovation project.”

Coun Julie Gunnell, the council’s cabinet member for corporate services, said: “We’ve no idea who they are, where they live or even how many there are and that’s what makes it so exciting. Who knows what they might have in common and what railway, York or other stories they may have to tell.”

The event is at noon on January 26. Numbers are limited to 120. Guests must make their own way to York but will be offered refreshments and can view displays on the building’s history.

Anyone interested should email wearegeorgehudson@york.gov.uk by Friday, January 19, mentioning any links with York and/or the rail industry. On twitter, use the hashtag #wearegeorgehudson

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2:44pm Thu 20 Dec 12

bolero says...

Are relatives of his creditors invited too?
Are relatives of his creditors invited too? bolero
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6:03pm Thu 20 Dec 12

Oaklands Resident says...

"I am Spartacus"

I claim my free drink on behalf of all York Taxpayers!
"I am Spartacus" I claim my free drink on behalf of all York Taxpayers! Oaklands Resident
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6:04am Fri 21 Dec 12

Guy Fawkes says...

Like Bolero said. Has no-one at CoYC read Andrew Roberts and Robert Beaumont's biogaphy of Hudson? The man was a crook! Naming their boardroom after him is like the Bank of England naming theirs after Nick Leeson.
Like Bolero said. Has no-one at CoYC read Andrew Roberts and Robert Beaumont's biogaphy of Hudson? The man was a crook! Naming their boardroom after him is like the Bank of England naming theirs after Nick Leeson. Guy Fawkes
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8:18am Fri 21 Dec 12

pedalling paul says...

Excellent photo of the repositioned Victorian station roof above the staff cycle parking area. Very imaginative "recycling".........
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Excellent photo of the repositioned Victorian station roof above the staff cycle parking area. Very imaginative "recycling"......... .. pedalling paul
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9:42am Fri 21 Dec 12

Keeet Lemon says...

Meddling Paul and Plaggy Terry, the Batman and Robin of York....POW!
Meddling Paul and Plaggy Terry, the Batman and Robin of York....POW! Keeet Lemon
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3:18pm Fri 21 Dec 12

nowthen says...

Guy Fawkes wrote:
Like Bolero said. Has no-one at CoYC read Andrew Roberts and Robert Beaumont's biogaphy of Hudson? The man was a crook! Naming their boardroom after him is like the Bank of England naming theirs after Nick Leeson.
Ha ha , quite apt then ! The following is from Wikipedia ; His name has been used to point the moral of vaulting ambition and unstable fortune, Thomas Carlyle calling him the "big swollen gambler" in one of the Latter-Day Pamphlets. He was roundly chastised by those who had blindly believed in his golden prophecies. He ruined investors, disturbed the great centers of industry, and beggared himself in the promotion of his schemes.
[quote][p][bold]Guy Fawkes[/bold] wrote: Like Bolero said. Has no-one at CoYC read Andrew Roberts and Robert Beaumont's biogaphy of Hudson? The man was a crook! Naming their boardroom after him is like the Bank of England naming theirs after Nick Leeson.[/p][/quote]Ha ha , quite apt then ! The following is from Wikipedia ; His name has been used to point the moral of vaulting ambition and unstable fortune, Thomas Carlyle calling him the "big swollen gambler" in one of the Latter-Day Pamphlets. He was roundly chastised by those who had blindly believed in his golden prophecies. He ruined investors, disturbed the great centers of industry, and beggared himself in the promotion of his schemes. nowthen
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8:37pm Fri 21 Dec 12

Guy Fawkes says...

Exactly. The Roberts and Beaumont book paints a picture of him that reminded me a lot of Fred 'the shred' Goodwin, Ivar 'the match king' Kreugar and a long line of businessmen like them who, basically, fly too close to the sun and then their wings melt. Hudson started out as a highly successful, and honest, businessman, but then gradually learnt that corruption, lies, political string-pulling, blackmail and bribery got him further, and quicker, than playing it by the book. In the end he'd dug a hole for himself too big to get out of,there came a moment when the penny dropped and the rest was some pretty gruesome history.

I'd hesitate to pass judgment on Hudson as an out-and-out villain, because I don't think he set out to defraud anyone. Rather, he repeatedly tried to punch above his weight until his luck ran out. But I still wouldn't regard him as a role model to the extent of naming a CoYC facility after him.
Exactly. The Roberts and Beaumont book paints a picture of him that reminded me a lot of Fred 'the shred' Goodwin, Ivar 'the match king' Kreugar and a long line of businessmen like them who, basically, fly too close to the sun and then their wings melt. Hudson started out as a highly successful, and honest, businessman, but then gradually learnt that corruption, lies, political string-pulling, blackmail and bribery got him further, and quicker, than playing it by the book. In the end he'd dug a hole for himself too big to get out of,there came a moment when the penny dropped and the rest was some pretty gruesome history. I'd hesitate to pass judgment on Hudson as an out-and-out villain, because I don't think he set out to defraud anyone. Rather, he repeatedly tried to punch above his weight until his luck ran out. But I still wouldn't regard him as a role model to the extent of naming a CoYC facility after him. Guy Fawkes
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10:01am Sun 23 Dec 12

bolero says...

The naming of the boardroom and its future use appears to be quite appropriate then after all.
The naming of the boardroom and its future use appears to be quite appropriate then after all. bolero
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