Hull – City of culture 2017
I came to Hull after it was labelled the worst place to live in the UK and I was immediately struck how grossly inaccurate that show was. It still surprises me now that this city was labelled in such a way. I cannot fathom how a city with people as warm and friendly as this one with a history like the one it has could even be considered. In context, I fully appreciated that education and crime statistics required improvement but it was clear to me in a short time that Hull was improving all of the time
Many people, my friends and family included just don’t know enough about this great city. From shopping centres and tourist attractions such as the Deep, the Museum Quarter and the Ferens Art Gallery to name a few. All of them are fantastic and in regards to the museums and Ferens are totally free. The cultural aspects of the whole city are wonderful and the small independent shops, which hold out against the generic national chains, are an inspiration to any small business.
For a city so steeped in History it is a truly inspirational place for anyone with an interest in the past. From hundreds of years as a key port supplying the country with goods to its fundamental importance in the war effort, Hull as a truly independent spirit that has to be sampled to be appreciated. Perched on the edge of England alongside the banks of the Humber, Hull continues to serve as port and provides maritime links with merchant shipping from all over the world. Looking back on the history of Hull is a fascinating way to spend time as the results of each moment is written in the architecture and the people. A self-depreciating humour with a very sharp wit is the calling card of many of my students. This thread of humour and pride flows through the city. The two Super League Rugby League clubs and the premier league football team keep sport at the forefront in Hull. Culturally speaking the poets this city has nurtured is remarkable and the local musical talent is constantly turning out wonderfully gifted musicians and songwriters.
All of this is just scratching the surface of what Hull has to offer. The future is looking fantastic for Hull, winning the City of Culture 2017 is a truly awesome achievement and it is about time that the city was recognised for the positive things that are happening. Further to this the new Siemens Wind Turbine plant is real indication of the direction this city is going and how fantastic is it that it is based upon utilising a key natural resource of this area.
I think Hull is a wonderful place and very happy to call it home. For anyone considering visiting Hull I would highly recommend it, unique with a sense of place that is all its own.
Have a great week and stay safe everyone,