Smiler Bear is in a building of culture at the moment.
Here are the clues:
- The building stands in Kingston Square in Hull.
- The building opened on Saturday, October 16, 1939 with Noel Gay’s ‘Me And My Girl’.
- Charles Dickens read some of his work here in 1859 and 1860 and his visits are remembered by a blue plaque on the building.
- It’s first manager was called Peppino Santangelo and he swapped the building for another one to make more room for the firestation next door – the swap cost him £9,000.
- Events continued throughout the war when West End productions arrived to escape the bombing in London.
- The bar was reinforced as a bomb shelter and during the war the building received only one direct hit from a bomb, in May 1941.
- Today, a huge £15.9m revamp of the building has now been completed.
- Acre Heads visits every December.