Much to shout about in our cultured city
HULL has suffered its fair share of bad press over the years.
Sometimes it is justified but a lot of the time it is out of order.
That is why Southend-on-Sea MP David Amess's derogatory comments about some of the candidates for City of Culture status seem like they are aimed at Hull.
The city is one of 11 places across the UK vying for the title in 2017 – including Southend-on-Sea.
Mr Amess claimed some of those who put in a bid are "absolute dumps" and "wouldn't know culture if it was put in front of them".
This is a familiar accusation laid at Hull's door but also totally erroneous.
As the council's portfolio holder for culture Terry Geraghty points out, there has been much to shout about in the city recently.
The hugely successful da Vinci and Hockney exhibitions have put the city on the map, alongside a host of sporting events.
The Freedom Festival, which began in 2008, has proved a huge cultural success.
The city also has fantastic museums and a vibrant live music scene.
There is no lack of culture in Hull, but perhaps the city has been guilty of not showcasing it well enough.
But, if the City of Culture bid is successful, that will all change.