Hull’s Year Of Cultural Celebration Set To Blast Off In Style

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From The Yorkshire Post.


A spectacular fireworks display which will see 8,000 fireworks fired from barges on the Humber tomorrow night (New Year’s Day) will draw to a close Hull’s first day as UK City of Culture 2017. The city should already be buzzing as crowds pour in for the first official event of the year, a sound and light show, starting in the city centre at 4pm, followed by the waterfront “pyromusical” and then fireworks, blasting off at exactly 8.17pm.

The opening ceremonies will kick-start a year which aims to change perceptions of the city and act as a catalyst for social and economic change. Nearly £106m is going into the largest capital programme Hull has seen in decades. Just short of £25m has been pumped into an upgrade of the city centre and key buildings and £32m has been raised for the City of Culture year, which is expected to bring in at least £60m to the local economy and attract one million visitors.

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