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Interesting facts you may not have known about Hull - the UK's City of Culture 2017

Hull has promised to deliver a "spectacular year of events" in 2017 Photo: Twitter/2017Hull

Hull has been named as the UK City of Culture 2017, seeing off competition from Dundee, Leicester and Swansea Bay.

Here a few facts about the city that you probably didn't know.

  • Its official name is Kingston upon Hull and people from the city are "Hullensians"
  • The boiled sweet was invented in Hull
Hull sweet manufacturer Needlers invented boiled sweets Credit: Press Association
  • The liquid crystal display (LCD) was developed by the University of Hull
  • It is the birthplace of Lemsip, Bonjela and Gaviscon
The popular medicine to treat heartburn is produced and distributed in Hull. Credit: Press Assocation
  • It has been called the "most poetic city in England", and has been home to poets such as Philip Larkin and Andrew Marvell
  • William Wilberforce who led the bill that freed slaves in British colonies hailed from the city
A statue of politician and philanthropist William Wilberforce stands tall in Hull Credit: Press Association
  • It is home to The Deep, the world's only submarium
The Deep submarium is home to 3,500 fish Credit: Press Association
  • Hull's Fair is the largest travelling fair in Europe and one of the oldest
  • The Humber Ports is the UK’s largest ports complex, handling one million passengers and 90 million tonnes of cargo
Neil Hadllock's sculpture showing a Northern European family passing through the port of Hull on route to America Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

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