UK City of Culture: Hull launch night draws crowd of 60,000

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About 60,000 people came out in Hull to watch a fireworks display and light show to mark the start of the city’s year as UK Capital of Culture.

Organisers of the event think tens of thousands more watched the spectacle from viewpoints across the north and south bank on Sunday evening.

Crowds gathered in Queen Victoria Square to watch video projections on City Hall and surrounding buildings.

The films explored Hull’s history, from the Blitz to sporting triumphs.

The fireworks were due to start at 20:17, but were delayed by about five minutes.

The Hull City of Culture team said the delay was to allow extra time for those with tickets to get on to the marina.
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Read more: BBC News




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