Hull: UK City of Culture 2017

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Preparing to welcome one and all

The announcement that Hull has been named UK City of Culture for 2017 was greeted with adulation in the city. The local newspaper, Hull Daily Mail, gave over most of the stories on its website to images of the celebration and stories about it.

What will it really mean for the city?

Derry/Londonderry has seen a huge rise in the number of visitors this year and the majority must be down to the fact that, this year, it is the first UK City of Culture. Hull would hope to have the same impact. It might also put to bed the bleak comments that came about from being regularly described as one of the crap towns in the UK. Even The Economist magazine called it decaying. CD-Traveller did not. I was pleasantly surprised when I visited the citytwo years ago; the place has a lot to celebrate and should attract more tourists than it does. But locals don’t help the city with some of the asinine comments that they have been attached to the stories in the Hull Daily Mail yesterday.

But what of the losers – Dundee, Leicester and Swansea. All were disappointed. The comment listed on the BBC website about the Swansea comment that Hull “had to have something to look forward to,” was cheap and unnecessary.

But why shouldn’t England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have their own cities of culture? In this era of devolved government there could be one in each of our countries. Ad in the four year gap between cities of culture there could be cities of sporting prowess, heritage or of that old-fashioned thing – civility. Because that is what visitors remember – how they were treated. I for one would be more likely to visit a place because it was named City of Friendliness then if it was called another accolade.

Hull should be able to combine the two quite easily.

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