Postcards from Hull, UK City of Culture

Hull Humberside Yorkshire

“(Hull is) a city that is in the world, yet sufficiently on the edge of it to have a different resonance”.    Philip Larkin

Shortly after a visit to Hull the City was named the UK City of Culture 2017, seeing off competition from Dundee, Leicester and Swansea.

What was astonishing about this is that the announcement came ten years after Hull was placed at number one in the first edition of Crap Towns: The 50 Worst Places to Live in the UK.  But there is something inspirational about this Victorian whaling town, whose city hall and maritime buildings speak of great civic pride, it was the most bombed city by Hitler’s Luftwaffe, had the stuffing knocked out of it after the cod wars came and went and is raked on an almost daily basis by a biting wind straight off the Urals

Hull Humber Bridge

Hull - The Deep

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6 responses to “Postcards from Hull, UK City of Culture

  1. I’ve never been to Hull. The only thing about Hull I know, is that John Prescott used to be the MP, didn’t he?

    UK City of Culture, huh? Interesting.

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  2. There will always be a place in my heart for Hull – could be the FA cup winners this year too if Arsenal play like they did yesterday!

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  3. I had no idea Hull was once a whaling town. I love the futuristic building – which I’m guessing houses an acquarium – it’s almost shark-like…

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  4. I grew up 30 miles north of Hull, used to be a depressing place but rejuvenated now. And home to the glorious Philip Larkin. 🙂 SD

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