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The front page wrap features images of the ecstatic reaction from bid supporters hearing the announcement by Culture Minister Maria Miller.
Famous for the poet Philip Larkin and rugby league, Hull was once voted the UK's worst place to live but today it was named City of Culture 2017 - an accolade being called "a real game-changer".
ITV News's Damon Green reports:
David Cameron has endorsed Hull as the next UK City of Culture, saying it was an "exciting opportunity" for the region.
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."
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu has tweeted his congratulations to Hull after it was named UK City of Culture 2017.
Hooray! Hull City of Culture !Congrats! The Churches' motto: "Believing in Hull" was prophetic!God believes in Hull,Churches Believe in Hull
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".
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.
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Maria Miller said it was brilliant news for Hull and everyone involved in the bid there.
- 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
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.
– Councillor Stephen Brady, leader Hull City Council
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.
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.
– Phil Redmond, chair of the advisory panel
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.