Viola Trust partners with businesses for new gin launch event

Trustees behind the campaign to bring the world’s oldest remaining steam trawler Viola back to its home in Hull are to launch a new Viola gin, hand-crafted by local Hotham’s Distillery.  

The fundraising event will take place at 1884 Wine & Tapas in the city on Wednesday 13 November. Last week the Viola Trust launched its “Homeward Bound” calendar at the same venue, featuring 12 ships with a historic Hull connection.

The event, which will begin at 6pm, is open to all and will give guests the opportunity to meet Larry Malkin, the Welwick-based artist whose paintings feature in the calendar. The team from Hotham’s Distillery will talk about how the gin was made, and maritime historian Dr Robb Robinson will speak about the history of the Viola and the other vessels in the calendar, which include Norland, Arctic Corsair and HMS Bounty.

Organisers also hope to be joined by representatives of Hull City Council for an update on plans for Hull: Yorkshire’s Maritime City following the announcement that lottery funding has now been secured.

Norman Court, Project Manager of the Viola Trust, said: “This will be the latest in our series of fantastic events aimed at helping us raise funds and awareness as we work to bring the Viola back.

“1884 Wine & Tapas Bar is the perfect, intimate venue for bringing people together to share the remarkable stories of the Viola, to find out how Larry was inspired to create the calendar and to try the new Viola gin.”

The price of just £40 includes a tapas meal, a glass of Viola gin and a donation to the Viola Trust. There will also be a chance to win a bottle of Viola gin and a voucher for 1884 Wine & Tapas Bar.

Anyone interested in placing an order for the calendar or booking for the gin night should contact the Trust by email at

To find out more about the Viola campaign please visit

To find out more about Larry Malkin please visit

To order Viola gin please visit

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