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Record numbers attend Hulls Freedom Festival

A record number of people braved the weekend weather to enjoy Hull's Freedom Festival.

Record numbers enjoyed this year's Freedom Festival despite the bad weather Credit: ITV Yorkshire

A total of one hundred and fifteen thousand people visited the city, blowing away last year's attendance of 80 thousand. Music, theatre, dancing and circus acts kept the record crowds entertained throughout the three-day event.


Thousands enjoy music, arts and culture at the Hull Freedom Festival

The bad weather did not deter thousands of people from turning out to witness the sights and sounds of the Hull Freedom Festival on Saturday.

The weekend-long event - now in its seventh year - has kicked off in style. Tina Gelder talks to Liz Pugh from the Organising Committee and artist Fred Kennett in her report.

Thousands enjoy Hull's Freedom festival opening night

Thousands of people descended on Hull last night (Friday September 5) for the start of the city's Freedom Festival.

The light trail winds its way round the city

The opening ceremony saw the unveiling of ' The Long Walk to Freedom' Light Trail, a collection of new art installations by local artists, inspired by Nelson Mandela and marking the parallels between his work and the origins of the festival.

At the city's Mandela Gardens, the Hull Freedom Chorus welcomed the Freedom Flame - a Dutch flame symbolising the end of occupation during WW11 - to officially mark the opening of the light trail and the start of the festival.

Street theatre performers Spark entertained the crowds bringing the streets to life with music, movement and colour, alongside a huge fireworks display ensuring the event went off with a bang.

Full programme details for Freedom Festival 2014 can be found at

Light trail marks start of Freedom Festival 2014

The long-awaited start of Freedom Festival 2014 will be marked by the unveiling this evening of 'The Long Walk to Freedom', a stunning light trail that will illuminate Hull's Old Town.

Celebrations at last year's Freedom Festival Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Eight local artists have been commissioned to create new installations to form the light trail, which is inspired by Nelson Mandela and highlights the parallels between Mandela's work in fighting for equality and the origins of Freedom Festival.

Along the light trail, Mandela's greatest moments and achievements, reimagined as installations of light, colour and sounds, will be played out on the cobbles of Hull's Old Town.

Audio-visual installations, dynamic interplays of light and shadow and a 75 metre mural created by 10 graffiti artists will all feature as the trail winds its way from Hull's Museum Quarter to a fire at dusk in the Nelson Mandela Peace Gardens.

The Hull Freedom Chorus will welcome the Freedom Flame - a Dutch flame symbolising the end of occupation during WWII - to officially mark the opening of the light trail and the start of the festival.

Leading the flame from the Gardens, street theatre performers Spark! will take the audience from the heart of the Old Town to the Yellow Bus Stage in the heart of the Marina.


Seven-year-old applies for Leeds United job

Leeds United's managerial search is in full swing but a curve-ball application could have thrown Massimo Cellino's plans awry.

Seven-year-old's Leeds United job application Credit: @TerryGeorge

Zack Webb, a young Leeds fan, has thrown his name into the reckoning for the post vacated by Dave Hockaday last week.

The young man is ambitious too, pledging to get the club promoted and win the Champions League.

"Chairy Bikers" take on charity challenge

Two motorcycle enthusiasts have taken on a charity challenge with a difference.

Carl Brunning from East Yorkshire and his co-fundraiser Dave Burdus are planning to ride from John O'Groats to Lands End to raise £1 million.

Both men are paraplegic and with specially fitted motorcycles they are hoping to complete the route and change how people think about others with disabilities:

Tardis model police box given new home

A Grade II listed Police Box has moved from its base at Bishopgarth on West Field Road in Wakefield, to West Yorkshire Police’s new Carr Gate training complex.

Historic police box given new home

The box is said to be from the 1920s or 1930s and is similar to the model used by the time-travelling Doctor Who.

The centre houses a K-9 unit and training facilities to prepare new officers for life on the beat rather than Dalek invasions.

Historic police box given new home

Being a listed building, it is as timeless as The Doctor himself. Police boxes were used by officers on the beat to report to headquarters, and by the public to call for assistance in times of emergency.

It’s believed to be a 1929 Mackenzie Trench design police box, made of timber, with a small door to a telephone cupboard on the inside and features a bell on the top.

By bringing this icon of community policing to our new training facility, we hope it will instil the traditional values of protecting the public into the advancements of modern policing.

– Superintendent Dave Lunn, Head of Learning and Development
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