Few people know that Kingston Upon Hull is twinned with Kingston Town, Jamaica. The reason? Clarkes Originals.
The tale goes back to the early 60’s when a Deckie Learner by the name of Bob Green jumped ship in Montego Bay and headed for the shanty towns of Kingston in search of good times. By sundown he found himself in a dockside bar skanking along to the deep roots rhythm of Dr. Winston “High Steppa” Clark, the Original Mix Master. The rum was flowing, the bass was dropping and Bob soon found himself nodding off in the corner, overcome with emotion. Whilst he slept, the local rude boys slipped the green Wallabies off his feet and whisked them off to the local shoe factory, where a crack team of cobblers copied the design. By the time Bob woke up the next day, his Clark’s had been returned to his feet and he was none the wiser. And so a legend was born. Both Kingston Upon Hull and Kingston Jamaica boasted the best footwear on the globe.