ABP proud to see Hull named UK City of Culture 2017

November 20, 2013

ABP is delighted that Hull has been named UK City of Culture 2017.

As owner of the Port of Hull, ABP was involved in supporting the city’s bid, including the bid video ‘This City Belongs to Everyone’, which has so far amassed over 65,000 views on YouTube. The company is also supporting the campaign as ‘Tell the World’ sponsors.

John Fitzgerald, ABP Port Director Humber, was thrilled with the decision. He said: “The bid team achieved so much in raising the profile of Hull’s exciting and varied cultural offer. The Port of Hull is an important part of our business and we will continue to give our full backing.

“Our river and port present some tremendous opportunities to help make 2017 an outstanding success and we will work tirelessly to make sure those opportunities are delivered. For now, we are celebrating Hull's achievement and looking forward to a positive and vibrant future for our city.”

ABP Chief Executive, James Cooper said, "This is wonderful news for the City of Hull. Our congratulations to everyone involved in this magnificent achievement."

It is hoped that winning the bid will provide a much-needed boost to the economy of Hull. Current incumbent Derry, Londonderry has seen visitor numbers double during 2013 and has enjoyed £120 million of capital investment since it won the title in 2009.

Chair of the judging panel Phil Redmond explained why Hull was a worthy winner, stating that the panel were “particularly impressed with Hull’s evidence of community and creative engagement, their links to the private sector and their focus on legacy, including a commitment to enhance funding beyond 2017.”

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