This blog post will come as no surprise. Hull won City of Culture 2017 and I’m feeling local and proud. Hull had an excellent chance. It has heritage and history in buckets and its solid working class tradition makes it one of the friendliest places in the world. It was unfair in 2003 when Hull was named number one crap town. The headline stuck, even when it had dropped out of the top 50. To gain City of Culture represents a turn in public opinion to be proud of – but no surprise for those of us who call it home. Hull has a lot to offer and it’s about time we got chance to show it off.
Hull is what it is. A town on the mid-north eastern edge of England. Geographically unique, situated in the basin formed by the Humber and Spurn Point, Hull’s history is the wool trade and fish, There isn’t much left of either. You have to travel to Grimsby to visit the Fishing Heritage Museum but it’s well worth the journey. You’ll find a mirror of Hessle Road and the docks which gave Hull its reputation and infamous smells. The trawlers have gone but Hull lives on. As the promotional video states, Hull belongs to everyone http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXJkDgBUR9c
I’m loving the attention. It makes a change to see positive reports after decades of negativity
I like these:
- Reasons to move to Hull http://metro.co.uk/2013/11/20/9-reasons-you-should-move-to-hull-immediately-4194392/
- Hull coming out of the shadows http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2013/nov/20/hull-chosen-city-of-culture-2017 and
- Ten things you might not know about Hull http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-humber-25018146
My favourites include:
- Hull is a City of Poets http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/10462063/City-of-Culture-Hull-is-a-city-of-poets.html
- Hull Cultural Icons http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/culturenews/10461925/Hull-the-cultural-icons-you-never-knew-were-from-there.html
- this from the BBC 2005. Err Nerr – it had to be included
The bottom line is – Hull’s unique. Our accent and dialect set us apart as much as our location.
Crap Town, Chav Town, now we’re going to be Cultural town – and about time too. We can hold our own with anywhere else in the UK; we have the Museum quarter, High Street, the Deep, Town Docks Museum, Ferens Art Gallery, Fruit, the university, college and more. Bring it on and let’s hear it for ‘ull!