4. City Hall
At the City Hall, Larkin could indulge his passion for jazz, including concerts by Count Basie, Chris Barber and Acker Bilk.

In 'Broadcast', sitting alone in his attic flat, Larkin listens to a classical concert from the City Hall, imagining his loved one in the audience; 'Your hands, tiny in all that air, applauding'.

Larkin was commissioned to write the words for Anthony Hedges' cantata 'Bridge for the Living', performed here in 1981.

He occasionally attended boxing bouts here too and on one occasion was heard to mumble 'only connect'. The City Hall hosts the University of Hull's degree ceremonies and when his close friend John Betjeman was awarded an Honorary Degree it was Larkin who gave the citation.

Leaving the City Hall behind and exiting Queen Victoria Square by the further pelican crossing, you will quickly 'cross' Monument Bridge, which leads into Whitefriargate.



GPS (WGS84) Co-ordinates

Latitude: 53° 44.6209
Longitude: 0° 20.3784

OS Co-ordinates
Easting: 509600
Northing: 428755

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