Hull is UK's City of Culture 2017

The winner of the UK City of Culture 2017 is Hull. The city's bid beat Dundee, Leicester and Swansea Bay for the prestigious award.

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Hull Daily Mail celebrates UK City of Culture win

The Hull Daily Mail have produced a special celebratory edition of the paper to mark the city being crowned UK City of Culture 2017.

A full wrap image showing the jubilation inside Hull's Truck Theatre on tomorrow's Hull Daily Mail. Credit: Hull Daily Mail.

The front page wrap features images of the ecstatic reaction from bid supporters hearing the announcement by Culture Minister Maria Miller.


Cameron 'absolutely delighted' for city of Hull

David Cameron has endorsed Hull as the next UK City of Culture, saying it was an "exciting opportunity" for the region.

David Cameron speaking during Prime Minister's Questions.

Labour MP for Kingston upon Hull East Karl Turner asked the Prime Minister if he would join with him in congratulating "the good people of Hull" for winning the bid.

Mr Cameron replied: "I'm absolutely delighted to join with you and everyone in Hull, and everyone around the country, in celebrating this great award as the city of culture to Hull."I think it's a very exciting opportunity for Hull."

Hull: From 'Crap Town' to City of Culture 2017

Hull's plan for its year as the UK's City of Culture in 2017 includes an opening ceremony with 3,000 volunteers paying tribute to its heritage as a major fishing port.

There will also be a light show and the planting of thousands of trees to create "sustainable gateways to the city".

The marina in Hull Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Hull City council has said that one of the aims is to "change the perceptions" of the city.

It has often derided - up until this year regularly featuring in the comic book Crap Towns - and last month an Economist article cited Hull as one of "Britain's Decaying Towns".

The magazine said it was among a list of northern towns and cities that were "decaying, despite dollops of public money and years of heroic effort" and urged ministers to help people move away or commute from these towns to places where there are more jobs.


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Hull 'coming out of the shadows'

TV producer Phil Redmond, who chaired the advisory panel that helped choose the City of Culture 2017 winner, said all four shortlisted cities showed a "real understanding" of what the award was about.

But ultimately it was the unanimous verdict of the panel that Hull put forward the most compelling case based on its theme as 'a city coming out of the shadows'. This is at the heart of their project and reminds both its people and the wider world of both its cultural past and future potential. We were particularly impressed with Hull's evidence of community and creative engagement, their links to the private sector and their focus on legacy, including a commitment to enhance funding beyond 2017 and I'd like to congratulate all involved.

– Phil Redmond, chair of the advisory panel

Interesting facts about Hull - the UK's Culture City 2017

  • Its official name is Kingston upon Hull and people from the city are "Hullensians"
  • Hull is Yorkshire's only waterfront city
  • The boiled sweet was invented in Hull
  • The liquid crystal display (LCD) was developed by the University of Hull
  • It is the birthplace of Lemsip, Bonjela and Gaviscon
  • 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
  • It is home to The Deep, the world's only submarium
  • The Humber Ports is the UK’s largest ports complex, handling one million passengers and 90 million tonnes of cargo
  • Hull's Fair is the largest travelling fair in Europe and one of the oldest
  • There has been £1.5billion of regeneration investment in Hull over the last five years
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Culture title is 'game-changer' for Hull

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.

– Councillor Stephen Brady, leader Hull City Council
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