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25,000 free tickets available for Hull 2017 fireworks display on first night of Made in Hull

25,000 free tickets will be available for the fireworks display on the opening day of 'Made in Hull', the major event that launches Hull UK City of Culture 2017, which gets underway on Sunday 1 January.

The display will take place over the Humber at 20:17 (8:17pm) and be accompanied by a specially commissioned soundtrack featuring musicians and bands from Hull's pop history.

It will come at the end of the first day of Made in Hull, a spectacular multimedia journey into 70 years of Hull's history curated by the Hull-born, award-winning documentary filmmaker Sean McAllister. This is being staged across the city centre from 4pm-9pm.

Tickets for the fireworks display are being released in two batches. The first 15,000 will be released on Wednesday 2 November at 8am. The second batch will be released on Saturday 5 November at 11am. It will be possible to book tickets from those times via the website.

The display, which is likely to sell out quickly, is only one element of the opening event for Hull 2017. Everyone will have the opportunity to experience Made in Hull, which is free to attend and will run over seven evenings (1-7 January). This unique event is open to all and designed so that people can turn up at any point and return for repeat viewings.

Sean McAllister is working with leading lights in lighting, sound and vision and specially commissioned artists to create Made in Hull, which will feature large-scale projections and illumination onto buildings around the city centre and the historic skyline, as well as moving images, evocative soundscapes and live performance.

Martin Green, CEO and Director, Hull 2017, said: "Made in Hull will be a fascinating journey through the last seven decades of this great city's history. From the Second World War, to the fishing industry, to sport, to some of the characters that are part of Hull lore, it will be magical, thought-provoking, funny and at times emotional. Whilst the fireworks display will sell out quickly, you won't need a ticket for Made in Hull and can just turn up on the seven evenings that it is on. It's the story of Hull and its people and everyone is invited. For Hull residents and anyone with a connection or interest in the city, it's an event that should not be missed."

Councillor Steven Bayes, Portfolio Holder, Visitor Destination for Hull City Council, said: "The opening event is our first real opportunity to show the world what we’re made of and I am confident that the hard work local businesses, the 2017 team and the council have all put in will pay off.

"To have such a high calibre creative team in place is a coup for the city and I’m very much looking forward to see the city centre streets temporarily transformed for Made in Hull."

East Yorkshire Motor Services and Stagecoach have confirmed that they will be running a special bus service on 1 January. City centre car parks will also be open, although people are being urged to use public transport wherever possible and plan their journeys to and from the event.

Martin Green added: "We welcome the fact that the bus companies are running services on New Year's Day, which will make it easier to get into the city centre. With tens of thousands of people likely to come to Made in Hull it also represents a fantastic opportunity for shops, restaurants and bars and to show that after all the planning Hull is truly open for business. We know that many are already planning to open, which will enable people to come early and make a day of it. I hope that more Hull businesses will join them, so they can start to capitalise on this hugely important year for the city."

Michelle Hargreaves, Managing Director at Stagecoach in Hull said: ‘We are working closely with the City of Culture team to make using the bus the best choice for people travelling to the exciting programme of events during Hull’s important year. We will have buses running on New Year’s Day along key routes into the city centre.”

Bob Rackley, East Yorkshire Motor Services, Commercial Manager said: “We do not normally operate buses on New Year’s Day, but we are delighted to be working in partnership with Hull 2017 and Stagecoach this year to ensure that there will be a network of buses across the City to help people get to and from this spectacular event at the start of this big year for Hull."

For more information please visit the Hull 2017 website.

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