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Tales of Hull’s past to feature in new waterfront audio tour

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A brand-new history tour telling stories dating back thousands of years has been installed on the banks of the Humber Estuary.

To coincide with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee flotilla – in which around 50 vessels will pass from Hull Marina to the Humber Bridge on Thursday 2nd June – the project team behind Lagoon Hull is sharing stories of the past alongside its vision for the city’s future.

Visitors to two locations – Hull Marina and Hessle Foreshore – can, from today (Monday 30th May), scan a QR code to be taken back in time while taking in the Humber’s spectacular views. Stories range from the early formation of the estuary itself and an historic battle to an Iron Age discovery and a much more recent Top Gear challenge.

Looking ahead, listeners to the Humber History Audio Tour can also learn more about Lagoon Hull’s transformative plan for the next phase of Hull and the East Riding’s future.

Paul Hatley, Lagoon Hull project director, said: “It’s only by being knowledgeable about our past that we can make decisions for our future.

“Our project is about making Hull a place where people love to live and can’t wait to visit. We wanted to give something back by teaming up with the flotilla organisers to make the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee a special occasion for our communities and to give them a glimpse into how their future could look.”

The flotilla departs Victoria Pier, Hull at 7pm and is scheduled to reach the Humber Bridge at around 8.15pm before returning to Hull. At 9.45pm, a beacon will be lit at Hessle Foreshore – one of thousands to be ignited across the UK and the Commonwealth.

Paul added: “Lagoon Hull will also be taking part in the flotilla, with a 45-year-old Contessa 32’ sailing yacht boat representing the scheme. We hope everyone enjoys learning more about Lagoon Hull, the history of our area and are looking forward to seeing the flotilla.”

Significant regional economic boosts are projected once work on Lagoon Hull begins. These include an added £1bn GVA into the regional economy per annum and 19,000 new jobs. As well as 1,300 jobs during the construction phase alone.

Practical benefits – including an A63 relief road in the Humber and 100 per cent flood protection between the Humber Bridge and the Port of Hull – ensure the project covers all bases to deliver on our exciting future. It represents a once in a generation transformation, with the opportunity for significant opportunities to be created within the region – and beyond.

You can listen to the Humber History Audio Tour here.

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