Winning the title today is a real game-changer for Hull. It will give Hull a platform to tell the world what this great city has to offer, transform perceptions and accelerate our journey to make Hull prime visitor destination. Hull should be proud of what it has achieved together.
Our programme though locally rooted is global in outlook and has been developed with support from local people, businesses and cultural organisations. The support the bid has received from the city has been phenomenal. We would urge people to keep following Hull’s cultural journey via media, social media and public events to find out how they can be involved in the next stage. As with the bidding process, local people and organisations are absolutely central to Hull 2017.
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