Bee Lady of Hull’s honour sets social media buzzing

Hull’s busiest bee attracted a swarm of fans yesterday as she unveiled a phone box decked out in her honour.

Jean Bishop, known as the Bee Lady of Hull, cut a black and amber ribbon to officially open the bumblebee-striped phone box outside the offices of telecoms firm KC, to the cheers and applause of several hundred well-wishers.

KC painted one of its cream telephone boxes gold last year to honour boxer Luke Campbell’s Olympic gold.

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Jean, 91, who last week won the Pride of Britain fundraiser of the year award, said her feet had hardly touched the ground.

She said her new-found fame was “hard work”, adding: “This 
is a real surprise. It came as a shock.

“I am really honoured. I can’t believe it.

“I haven’t had time yet to sit and think about it.”

A well-known figure in Hull, she has been fundraising for 14 years in a bumblebee outfit, despite having arthritis, and a fall which once left her in hospital for a week.

‘Bee Lady’ fans Doreen Hannard and Karen Tindall had paid a special visit into the city centre from Sutton Park.

Doreen said: “She is such a little darling.

“It is phenomenal when you think a lady of this age having time out to do something like this.”

The phone box quickly became a hit on social networking site Twitter, with many users posting pictures of the distinctive box.