We all love seeing the blue jackets and uniforms around the city, that are increasingly recognised by all, and to celebrate their huge and valuable contribution the citys 2,500 blue army and much loved UK City of Culture volunteers are presented with a corporate common seal of the city by the Lord Mayor of Kingston Upon Hull, Councillor John Hewitt this week. Over six sessions at the Guildhall each and every volunteer will be recognised for their spirit and the part they have played an in contributing to the success of 2017. The first session took place today, Monday 11 December.
Leader of Hull City Council, Councillor Stephen Brady also attended the celebration to thank them for their commitment and dedication in making Hulls city of culture year such a massive success. He said: The volunteer programme has been great for the city. For those who wanted to give back to the community, this year has provided them with a huge opportunity to do so. They made sure residents and visitors alike got the most out of their experience. I would like to thank each and every one of the volunteers for their incredible contribution and helping us to celebrate our story and this special year.
Phil Batty, Director of Public Engagement and Legacy at UK City of Culture 2017, said: The volunteers have played a powerful role in capturing the spirit of Hull in rain or shine, over 365-days, their energy and enthusiasm has been and is phenomenal.
The volunteers have played an incredible part of the magic of the year and it is great that they will continue into 2018 and beyond. This is a lasting reminder that this city belongs to everyone.
So far the fantastic volunteers have delivered an incredible 300,000 hours of volunteering, equating to 34 years, playing their part in creating thousands of unforgettable memories, striking up new conversations and engaging with residents and people visiting the city from across the UK and world.