The sunken 'Forgotten City' of Hull in East Yorkshire, so-called because of the lack of government assistance it received in the wake of the recent flooding, is to be 'officially forgotten' according to an announcement from Downing Street this morning.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown told journalists outside number 10 that, as Hull had been largely forgotten about by most people anyway, it was "probably better to forget about it altogether, and have done with it."
Hull, situated at sea level on the north bank of the River Humber, was submerged by the heavy flooding, with 4 out of 5 domestic households suffering extensive damage. Much of the city is still under water today, and the low-lying city centre area has been dubbed "Atlantis".
Last week, it was announced that £2.1million of government money had been set aside to repair some of the damage, but residents have complained that this amount is an insult, and akin to being "forgotten".
Mr Brown, after promising the cash, added:
"To say that one has forgotten about a place, implies that one already knew about, or was familiar with, that place to start with. I knew nothing about Hull whilst it was above water, and will lose little sleep over it now it is not. It has been consigned to the sea and I have erased it from my memory."
Map makers have been instructed to re-draw the British coastline excluding, what was, East Yorkshire, and local sports teams, including Hull City, Hull FC and Hull Kingston Rovers, have had their fixtures cancelled.
Former Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott, the MP for Hull East, moaned:
"It's such a shame, such a waste. All those chip shops gone forever!"