Paul Rusling was born to Barbara and David Rusling, both originally from Hull, in Bridlingtion in 1953 They had six other children: three boys and three girls.
Paul's Mother, BARBARA was born in Severn Street in East Hull, well before WW2, and had a brother called GEORGE. He was a schoolteacher at Eastfield School in Hull and later (in the sixties) at Filey County Secondary School. Barbara worked as a receptionist at Rediffusion in the 1950s, and 30 years later was doing the same job just half a mile away at J T Scotneys in Sculcoates Lane.
Barbara's parents were called Robert And Elsie and both came from St Mark's Street in east central Hull. Bob Simpson was well known in football circles and was the Hon. Secretary of the ERCFA for almost fifty years, as well as having been a referee and a promising left winger in his youth. He worked for many years as a shipbuilder (at Earl's shipyard) and as a steel erector being patrt of the team that built many of Hull's famous landmarks including the old bus station and the North Bridge.
Paul's father DAVID came from a long established West Hull family who lived just off the Boulevard when he was born - almost a hundred years ago. His father George was a fish merchant at the height of Hull's fishing industry and David was the youngest of eleven children. David never knew his Mother, who died when he was very young. David was brought up by his sisters, especially Hilda and Winnie, who even arranged him to be married when he was fifteen.
He got quite a surprise when he came back from a trip in the merchant Navy to find he was marrying Edna, the following week! The marriage didnt last, although it was a fruitful one with four children by the time they were divorced in the 1950s.
David then met Barbara Simpson and Paul Rusling was their first child; the first in a brood of seven! They lived at Dunsewell with Barbara's parents and then moved to Linnaeus Street where they lived with the Normingtons, who were David's cousins. In the late 1950s the Ruslings moved to Wellsted Street further along Hessle Road and then in 1970 they moved to Fitzroy Street off Beverley Road.
As the family grew and the children began leaving home to set up their own families, Barbara and David moved to Goddard Avenue where David died in the 1990s.
Barbara later married Bill Woodford, who worked at the Yorkshire Water Board all his life and lived at (461) James Reckit Avenue in East Hull, just a mile from where she was born. Barbara lived there until she passed away in 2013 when she was 83 years old.
She is missed every day - she would have loved her great grandchildren!