This is where the tapestry in Hull's C4DI has been moved to - and the very special reason why it was made

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 26 Jul 2018

A Hull software company has created a stunning piece of artwork to recognise the work of people in the emergency services.

APD Communications works with police, fire and ambulance authorities across the country, supplying them with software and tech to help improve efficiency and performance.

To mark the incredible work of those in the services, a tapestry went on display in Hull’s C4DI building to say thank you to the people who go out every day to save lives.

Rhiannon Beeson, APD marketing and sales manager, said: “We work with emergency services organisations and critical control operations around the world, but we’re very proud of our roots and to call Hull our home.

“We invited members of the C4DI community to start the tapestry to connect our role in Hull’s digital community with our vital work supporting the emergency services across the UK and beyond.

“The tapestry board is an attractive and engaging way of showing how people feel about the emergency services. In a world of digital content, it’s nice to create something that’s tactile and based on a traditional craft. That may seem a little odd, considering we’re a technology company, but we think that’s part of its charm.”

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The 6ft x 4ft creation, called the Tapestry of the Emergency Services, is a bespoke canvas that houses 64 pegs, each associated with a meaningful word to describe our emergency services.

The piece comes to life by wrapping four colours of thread, red, blue, yellow and green, representing each of the emergency services – police, fire, ambulance and coastguard – around these pegs to create a tapestry.

Words used to describe the emergency services take centre stage

The board was unveiled and the first threads placed at C4DI, and now has pride of place in APD’s reception at Newland Science Park, next to the University of Hull.

Jo Ward, development delivery manager at APD, said: “The tapestry is a fun and interactive way to promote our focus of the emergency services and creates a talking point for visitors to our offices.

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“It’s clear that the people who helped create the tapestry at C4DI feel very passionately about the emergency services. Words such as amazing, awesome and inspiring were used a lot.

“Those words reflect how we feel about the blue light services – it’s humbling for us to play our part in supporting their life-saving and life-changing work.”

The tapestry is now at APD's offices near the University of Hull

Founded by two academics from the University of Hull, APD has developed cutting-edge digital technology in the city for more than 30 years.

The company employs more than 100 staff, mainly software developers – the company’s super-talented “geeks with goals” – who create critical, life-saving software used by the police and other emergency services organisations.

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