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Grand Départ opening ceremony boss to mastermind Hull City of Culture

The man who masterminded the opening ceremony of the Tour de France Grand Départ is to be the Chief Executive of Hull's UK City of Culture.

Martin Green was also Head of Ceremonies for the London Olympic opening and closing ceremonies.

Green oversaw the opening ceremony of the Grand Départ in Yorkshire
Green oversaw the opening ceremony of the Grand Départ in Yorkshire Credit: ITV4

From 2007 to 2012, he was Head of Ceremonies for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Overseeing a multi-million pound budget, he assembled the world-class team that delivered the truly spectacular ceremonies.

Green oversaw the opening ceremony of the Grand Départ in Yorkshire
Green oversaw the opening ceremony of the Grand Départ in Yorkshire Credit: ITV 4

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Public invited to Hull City of Culture party

Hull is to host a UK City of Culture 2017 free public party event on Saturday, June 28, to thank people for their support during the city’s successful title bid last year.

With 919 days to go, the council says the event will celebrate and showcase Hull’s diverse cultural offerings and talent with various events and live performances.

The free event in Queen Victoria Square runs from 12 noon to 6.15pm.

City of Culture chair appointed

Writer and broadcaster Rosie Millard has been appointed as the chair of the company that will organise Hull's year as the UK City of Culture in 2017.

The 48 year-old mother-of-four, who graduated from the University of Hull in 1987, was unveiled at a news conference in the city this lunchtime.

The former TV arts correspondent was chosen following a nationwide search to fill the role:

Hull's City of Culture boss announced

Rosie Millard

Distinguished writer and broadcaster Rosie Millard has been appointed to lead Hull's UK City of Culture team for 2017.

Ms Millard, who has maintained a close link with the city since graduating from the University of Hull in 1987, will now take on the role of Chair of the culture company.

Today's announcement by Hull City Council follows a nationwide search to fill the role.

Hull City Council Leader Stephen Brady said:

"I would like to offer a very warm welcome and my congratulations to Rosie as she prepares to lead the team that will deliver Hull's vision for UK City of Culture 2017.

"Her outstanding track record working in the media, culture and the arts, together with her passion for the city, means she is ideally placed to help Hull take advantage of the fantastic opportunities that City of Culture status brings."

Ms Millard said:

"I arrived in Hull to study at the University over 30 years ago and in my heart, I have never left. It is an honour and a privilege to be asked to return to play a part in its renaissance.

"Hull now has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to use culture and the arts to transform perceptions of the city and to change the lives of local people. As Chair of the culture company, I want to help Hull grasp this moment."

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Record figures for Hull museums

Hull Maritime Museum welcomed record visitors Credit: Press Association

Hull City Council says it has had record visitors to its musuems this half-term.

The Maritime Museum welcomed a record 1019 visitors through their doors on Monday alone.

Streetlife Museum recorded an increase in visitors, up 52% compared with the first day of last year's February half term holiday,

Officials believe being named City of Culture for 2017 has encouraged more people to visit the city.

Secrets behind Hull's City of Culture success revealed

The secrets behind Hull's successful UK City of Culture bid are being revealed to the public today at Hull University.

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The team responsible for the bid will describe how the idea of "Hullness" and the strong public support for the bid were key factors in their victory.

They now want to show people how the CIty of Culture will be funded, how they can volunteer - and why elephants will once again be seen walking the streets of Hull.

Councillor Steven Bayes, Portfolio Holder for Hull UK City of Culture 2017 said: “The strength of support that local people and business partners have given to our City of Culture bid has been fantastic.

“We have a lot to look forward to as we build on and develop Hull’s cultural offerings in the run-up to 2017. At these events, people can find out exactly how we won, what we are doing to deliver the title and what it will mean to them.”

Hull delegation to meet Transport Minister about rail electrification

Transport Ministers have agreed to a request from Hull North MP Diana Johnson to meet a delegation from Hull to discuss rail electrification on the Selby to Hull stretch of line.

At the moment the Government is planning to submit the Hull rail electrification scheme to a Whitehall taskforce but it is not anticipated to get underway until at least 2019.

But since Hull won the contest to become 2017 City of Culture, city leaders believe there is new impetus to see whether rail electrification works can proceed in time for 2017, along with road improvement works on the A63 through Hull.

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