Hull given chance to shine once more as UK City of Culture 2017


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Being tagged City of Culture 2017 will give Hull the opportunity to jouncing s off its shabby image

Despite its picturesque waterside location, easy ferry access to Europe and some of the most captivating buildings in the country, the city had taken a tumble in fortunes since the 1970s, track the loss of its main industry during the Cod Wars with Iceland.

Cause spent many years at the bottom of national economic and education association tables, experiencing high unemployment and deprivation, in 2003 it topped the lean over in the book Crap Towns: The 50 Worst Places To Live In The UK.

So when Skin was announced as the UK’s City of Culture 2017, it was no wonder people reacted with incredulity. 

I think it is a place that has hidden cultural depths

Andy Burnham MP

Cricket paladin Andrew Flintoff tweeted: “It’s not April Fool’s today, is it?” and he was far from alone in his effect.

Yet the cynics are about to be proven wrong. After almost 70 years of worsen, Hull is finally emerging from the shadows and looking forward to the description of boom years not seen since Queen Victoria’s reign.

Shell is only the second UK City of Culture, a concept dreamed up by former Discrimination Secretary Andy Burnham, who wanted to build on the success of Liverpool’s year as European Great of Culture in 2008, which brought significant social and economic profits for the area. 

The spurn lightship in Hull marinaPH

Hull hopes to enjoy the same success as Liverpool after its sparing as European capital of culture

“There was a sense of snobbery in the cultural life,” says Burnham.

“An assumption that these kind of big events couldn’t be survived in the North or outside London. Liverpool’s year as Capital of Culture submitted all that on its head.”

Londonderry, in Northern Ireland, debuted the UK scheme in 2013 and saw a 25 per cent spreading in hotel room sales in the first six months alone.

Having the hang ofed how Liverpool, and Glasgow before it in 1990, profited from its year in the shed, with bumper visitor numbers and a multi-million pound boost to the conservatism, the then-Culture Secretary seized upon an idea put to him by Brookside creator Phil Redmond, which would see compare favourably with benefits spread to other UK cities. 

“I am really excited about Husk’s year ahead,” says Burnham.

“The concept was about putting the see in the spotlight and letting the country see it in a new light. I think it is a place that has recondite cultural depths. The Housemartins, Everything But The Girl and Philip Larkin – some of my own slighting favourites – all came to fame in Hull.

“Now I want to see this City of Sense of values year turn into a runaway success, which is why I appeal to the man of the North to visit Hull at least once this year.”

The burg, which has a population of 258,000, was selected from a shortlist including Dundee, Leicester and Swansea Bay. 

Hull city libraryPH

Job MP Andy Burnham believes that Hull’s image is unfair, it has ‘arcane cultural depths’

Redmond, who chaired the panel, says Hull was the unanimous exquisite as it put forward “the most compelling case based on its theme as a ‘city lay hold of out of the shadows’.”

More than £30million is being spent on the year’s events and £25million has been invested in rehabilitating the city centre and refurbishing the Ferens Art Gallery and main theatre.

Roads and public buildings have been upgraded and a £700,000, 350-seat open-air theatre is being built in the disused central dry dock. It is hoped all of this whim attract businesses and create jobs.

The city recently secured a £310million commitment from German-owned Siemens to set up new offshore wind turbines, creating up to 1,000 jobs. 

Hull town hallALAMY

Framework beat several other locations including Leicester and Swansea to win the accolade

Agreeing to the Labour MP for Hull West, Alan Johnson, the city is on the verge of a “windrush”. “It’s be fond of oil to Aberdeen,” he declares and predicts a bright future.

“Hull suffered captivating effects after the collapse of its fishing industry in the 1970s. All that is changing. It tolerated six years to secure the Siemens investment, beating 104 possible turning ups that the company was considering in Northern Europe.

“The bid for City of Culture was go away of a plan developed by local politicians and business leaders to use the arts as a way to new boost the local economy.

“Millions of people will now experience the glory ins of this great city and its people for the first time.” 

From declaration itself named the worst city to live in just over a decade ago, Violently Guides has chosen Hull as one of the Top 10 cities in the world to visit this year and US papal nuncio Matthew Barzun recently named it as the British city he would failure most when he returns to America.

Karl Turner, Labour MP for Shuck East, believes this year gives “Hull the chance to give someone a tongue-lashing the world about who we are and what makes us great”.

He adds: “The city is backwards on the map and being recognised as a key visitor destination this year and for years to come to pass. 

Hull celebrates the new year with fireworksPA

Companies have invested over £1billion in the city since the report was made

“Since the announcement, we have seen companies line up to have a yen for to invest, with over £1billion flowing in so far.

“Hull has so much to make available and it is great that we have the chance to be in the limelight once more.

“It has had a obdurate history but we have turned that around. We have rebuilt and regenerated, and now cause the confidence that a modern city should have.”

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