High hopes for city's Capital of Culture bid
A BID to make Hull the UK Capital of Culture of 2017 will be submitted at the end of the month.
Hull City Council has been working on the bid since last year, ensuring a busy programme of cultural and sporting events.
The local authority's culture portfolio holder, Terry Geraghty, is optimistic about the bid's success and believes it would be a huge boost for Hull.
He said: "A successful bid would have a tremendous impact on the city.
"It will mean the rest of the country knowing we are here and provide international events.
"It could also supply jobs and much-needed investment and we already have the City Deal and support of Michael Heseltine.
"We have a strong display of architecture, heritage and sport here.
"That is why we feel we have a very good chance of being shortlisted."
Hull had benefited from an extra £25m of spending from visitors to events held in the past 12 months.
They include the visit of the Olympic Torch to Hull, summer festivals such as Freedom and the Humber Street Sesh and a series of crowd-pulling exhibitions at Ferens Art Gallery, featuring works by David Hockney, Andy Warhol and Leonardo da Vinci.
There were 60,000 for Hockney, 80,000 for Warhol and similar figures for da Vinci.
Council officials are close to completing the bid to be UK Capital of Culture in 2017.
Fourteen cities bid for the 2013 title with Derry eventually being chosen ahead of Birmingham, Sheffield and Norwich.
It is intended that a different city holds the title every four years.
Cllr Geraghty insists there is another strong programme of events for 2013 to help Hull's case.
He said: "This year, we've got the Rugby League World Cup coming to Hull, the World Darts event is coming back to the city and we will be looking to make the Freedom Festival even better than it was last year.
"All this is part of the build-up to the bid for the UK City of Culture in 2017."
But Cllr Geraghty also feels there is more work needed to convince the judges to choose Hull.
He said: "We need to join all that we have up.
"We have things going on at the marina, the Fruit Market and in Old Town.
"But we need more than one-off and annual events. We needs things to be happening every week, Monday to Sunday.
"A lot of hard work has already taken place for this bid but we need to continue building on this and the success we have achieved."
Even if Hull is not successful this time around, Cllr Geraghty is sure the city will be crowned Capital of Culture soon.
He said: "I think we have a good case for 2017 but I think we would be odds-on for 2021 and we will certainly be applying for that if we don't get it this time."
Once the bid is submitted at the end of the month, a shortlist of four will be produced some time in June before the successful city is announced.
There is no indication at this stage how many cities will apply.