London, Hull’s year as UK City of Culture has

been voted Best Arts Project in the National Lottery awards.

Former Doctor Who actor Christopher Ecclestone broke the

news to the team behind the city’s year-long series of events and to

“blue coat” volunteers today.

Hull City Council previously said more than Pound 1bn of investment

had flowed into the city.

Ecclestone said the City of Culture had been “an overwhelming


The National Lottery said the city’s programme attracted 5.3m

people to more than 2,800 events, cultural activities, installations and


The programme began with Made in Hull, which saw light

installations added to many of the city’s best known buildings, and

ended with the Turner Prize being awarded in the city, the BBC


Source: Oman News Agency