Hull named UK City of Culture 2017
Hull has been named as the UK City ofCulture 2017, beating Leicester, Swansea Bay and Dundee to thetitle.
Secretary of State for Culture, Mediaand Sport Maria Miller said: "This is brilliant news for Hull andeveryone involved in the bid there.
"This year's UK City of Culture,Derry-Londonderry, demonstrates the huge benefits that the titlebrings. These include encouraging economic growth, inspiring socialchange and bringing communities together.
"It can produce a wonderful mix ofinward investment and civic pride, and I hope Hull's plans willmake the most of all that being UK City of Culture can bring."
TV producer Phil Redmond, who chairedthe advisory panel that helped choose the winner, said all fourshortlisted cities showed a "real understanding" of what the awardwas about.
But he said: "Ultimately it was theunanimous verdict of the panel that Hull put forward the mostcompelling case based on its theme as 'a city coming out of theshadows'.
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