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We were exciting to hear that Hull has secured a place on the shortlist for the title of UK City of Culture 2017. With the bid to win the title set to include an £11 million investment in the city and an exciting programme of 1,500 events, 25 festivals and 12 artist residencies, we thought we’d take a look back and celebrate Hull’s resurgence!

Humble beginning

Officially founded in 1299 by King Edward I, Kingston-upon-Hull was previously been used as a supply base during military campaigns in Scotland.

Throughout the coming years, Hull would go on to play an integral role in trade and industry – in fact, the city remains one of the largest importers of timber and oil seed to this day, with the Humber estuary providing a vital trade link between Yorkshire and East Midlands and the North Sea.

Unfortunately, World War II shook the city to its core, with 95% of residential areas completely destroyed by repeat air raids. A difficult period in Hull’s history followed, with the issues surrounding such extensive redevelopment work further complicated and delayed by architecture and building disputes.

Many of the council estates that are still in use around the city today were constructed to provide housing for residents as an immediate solution to the plight of homelessness the developed in the aftermath of the devastation.

Crossing the estuary & creating jobs

Decades in the planning and building, the Humber Bridge was opened by the Queen in 1981. This tremendous feat of engineering remains the seventh longest suspension bridge in the world to this day. Its completion literally ‘ bridged’ the gap both socially and economically, and improved communication by enabling previously remote areas to exploit their potential in commercial, industrial and tourism development.

In more recent years, Hull has developed into a formidable global competitor in sustainable energy and is home of one of the largest offshore wind farms in the world. Siemens have taken the lead in this regard, and have committed in excess of £80 million to the development of a wind turbine plant. This, together with the £100 million assured by Associated British Ports, will provide an estimated 700 jobs in the years to come. Add to this the development of a BP’s bioethanol plant in Saltend, and Hull’s assured of economic, trade and job development for some time to come.

A bright future…

Recently named the most enterprising location in Yorkshire and Humber and awarded second place on a national level in the Prestigious Enterprising Britain Awards, Hull is becoming one of the fastest growing and developing cities in England.

And recent sporting achievements have only added to the sense of excitement. Hull City have been promoted to the Premier League; Hull Kingston Rovers and Hull FC continue to enjoy success; and boxer Luke Campbell has bolstering the pride of the city e further as he embarks on his amateur career.

We’re proud to have played our own part in the rich history of the Hull and have our finger’s crossed that the city will receive the recognition it deserves when the winner of UK City of Culture 2017 is announced in November.