Hull hits £13m City of Culture Budget jackpot

Published: Wednesday 16th March 2016 by The News Editor

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Hull’s UK City of Culture year has won £13 million in state funding from Wednesday’s Budget.

City councillors have welcomed George Osborne’s announcement, which will help Hull to stage the year-long 2017 event.

Council leader Stephen Brady said: “This is a most welcome contribution towards Hull’s year as UK City of Culture and its legacy. It will help to ensure that we are able to deliver our ambitions for the celebrations, which we are proud to be hosting on behalf of the whole nation.

“As a council, we are making a huge investment in the city, both for our year as UK City of Culture and as part of a long-term plan to regenerate our economy, create local jobs and ensure that Hull is able to play its part in the Northern Powerhouse to the full.”

Mr Osborne said: “I want to help Hull make the most of a wonderful opportunity next year to sell itself to the world as a great city of culture. This will create a lasting legacy for the next generation.”

Plans are under way to get the city ready for its year in the spotlight.

Projects include upgrading Holy Trinity Church, the Fruit Market, Hull New Theatre and Ferens Art Gallery. The latter will stage next year’s Turner Prize. A new open-air venue and cruise terminal are being built.

Hull UK City of Culture 2017’s chief executive, Martin Green said: “I’d like to thank the Chancellor, Lord Mandelson, Alan Johnson, Hull City Council and the team at the culture company who worked have collectively to deliver this.”

Copyright Press Association 2016

Published: Wednesday 16th March 2016 by The News Editor

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  • John E Pallister BA

    That’s all we could get from the tight-arsed fart-face for his reserved seat at shitty of culture show

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