by Matt Jukes, chief executive of Hull City Council
2017 was a transformative year for the city of Hull and a truly memorable, once-in-a-lifetime, opportunity for everyone. It gave the city a new-found energy, optimism and confidence.
As a Council, we always said our aim would be to ‘set the stage’ for the City of Culture team, the public and our many partners to tell Hull’s story and we can confidently say we did just that. Following the £27 million regeneration of our city centre, the refurbishment of two of Hull’s cultural gems, the Ferens Art Gallery and Hull New Theatre along with the £80-million regeneration of the Fruit Market area on our riverside and a £4.2m investment in Hull’s historic Old Town, our city is transformed.