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A giant wind turbine blade is displayed in the centre of Hull
for City of Culture - but is it art?
It is interesting. Wow. Absolutely amazing.
Hundreds of thousands of people come to see Made in Hull and events
Hull was outperforming and more popular than the Golden Globes,
Meryl Streep and Donald Trump on social week the -- social media this
week. The ambulance trust that serves
Lincolnshire says it's had its busiest start
to January ever. After Saturday's FA Cup heroics,
Lincoln City hope to face one of the country's top clubs
in the next round. And with news of much colder weather
under way later this week, join me for the weekend forecast.
It started its journey from Alexandra Dock
in Hull in the early hours of Sunday morning.
By late in the afternoon, the wind turbine blade had
completed its journey from the Siemens factory
and was on display in Hull's Victoria Square.
Today, shoppers and visitors to the city centre have been
admiring the latest display which is part of City
The blade is 75 metres or 250 feet long -
that's around the length of seven double-decker buses.
It weighs 28 tonnes, the equivalent of around
It took almost four hours to move the huge blade just two miles
through the streets of the city centre and in the process more
than 50 items of street furniture such as signs and traffic lights had
It's been described as a stunning work of art and will be in place
Our arts correspondent Anne Marie Tasker is in
What has been the reaction to the blade today?
We have been here forever day and there have been hundreds of people
jumping up to try to touch it, knocking on it, taking photos of it.
Even some people milling around this evening having a close look. The
blade coming into the centre of Hull has caused quite a commotion.
It's only been in place for a day, but already Hull's new artwork
No-one except the workers and visitors to the Siemens turbine
blade factory in Hull have ever seen one this close up.
I went, Wow, absolutely amazing. It is different. A lot of sculptors
are out there and it is definitely out there. It is about culture,
isn't it? Leaving just
before 2am, getting it from the factory at Hull's docks
to display took more than 20 hours, with lamp posts and traffic lights
taken down as it squeezed And as it reached the city centre,
the artist who thought up the idea said it stopped being a blade
and started being a sculpture - as carefully handmade
as any art work. Talking about what material and
objects have a kind of symbolic or metaphorical relation to the idea of
Hull as a city. One of the things that is made is clearly a
spectacular, handmade, astonishing form.
Once in the square, it took two huge cranes and more than four hours
The whole project's been paid for by Siemens,
though they won't disclose exactly how much it's cost.
I can tell you it is hundreds of thousands of pounds in terms of
labour and material costs. Yesterday, we had 70 people involved
in the logistics. We're giving something back to the city. We
always wanted to be a good resident in the city and work with it and
this is the way we're giving back. Dominating the square
for the next ten weeks, the blade is part of a series
of sculptures for City of Culture called Look Up,
and it's certainly got People have been asking, is this
art? The artist told me he thinks it is a beautiful, handmade sculpture
and that by taking it out the fact and bringing it here, he hopes to
get people asking questions about Hull's place in the world and its
future. It is also part of a long artistic tradition. Although
hundreds of Siemens workers made this, Michelangelo had dozens of
helpers to make the Sistine Chapel ceiling. I suppose the question will
rage about this place next ten weeks that it is here. You can have your
say on this and whether it is art with the contact details coming up
in just a few minutes. This latest installation comes
at the end of a week which has seen more than 300,000 visits
to the city. Hull 2017 began with
spectacular fireworks, light displays and theatrical
performances - all of which combined to bring the city to the attention
of people all over the world. Laura Foster's been looking
at the global impact This map gives you a sense of just
how often Hull has been talked about around the world over
the past week. People's perceptions of the city are
changing. The Norwegian people, when I mention, Hull, they say very
positive things. They know the colour of the football team shot,
they know what is famous for its fishing as well. In Norway, people
been very positive about Hull being the City of Culture. It is because
of events like Made In Hull, Which Made Audiences Spellbound. People
who have come to visit say it has been wonderful for the city.
Gobsmacked. I really am. Everyone is excited about what is going on and
checking the website to see what is up next. Gully-mac you can feel that
bus. -- buzz. At this fish and chip restaurant,
staff have been working so hard, His business is normally closed
in the evenings but then he decided to open when he saw many people
were coming in to the city centre. Hundreds, probably thousands. He
kept going until we got rid of the queue. Do you wish you had open?
Yes, I do! 342,000 people came to Hull
during its first week That sounds like a lot,
but how does it compare to other Well, Hull 2017 is so far proving
more popular than the UK's The National Gallery in London
attracts on average around But it's also attracting more
visitors than the UK's most-visited tourist attraction,
the British Museum, which sees an average of 123,000 visitors come
through its doors every week. Hull was outperforming and more
popular than the Golden Globes, Donald Trump and Meryl Streep and
social media this weekend. That is seismic. If Hull continues at this
pace, we will see a very different Hull by the end of the year.
Earlier, I went to Queen Victoria Square and met with Martin Green,
It has been the most extraordinary week of my life.
Of course they make work they think people want to see.
But there is a reaction and then there is a reaction.
Made in Hull, and not just good reaction, but a phenomenon.
What it was about was because the audiences
are from this place and the work was of this place.
So you get this alchemy. But forget all that.
Did you expect that number of people?
Never. We had high hopes, of course we did.
This has certainly caused some controversy today.
Is it art? I think it is.
Because it is a beautiful, handmade object that involves great
creativity and ingenuity, and by putting it into this space,
Tim, it is not a sculpture, it is a 75-metre-long wind turbine.
Mike, I am trying to understand how this turbine blade
And that is the brilliant thing. What are we doing here?
We're having a conversation about, what is art?
For every person that thinks it is, someone will think it is not.
If it had been made by machine rather than the men and women
I think that would take the edge off it.
I still think it is a beautiful object but I think the fact
that it is handmade, for me, really makes it.
And also in this space and what it means for the city
Well, they are obviously talking, but will it get
The same numbers? Well, time will tell.
You make something and you see how people respond to it.
I am really pleased people are having this debate.
How do you keep the momentum going? Well, there is much more to come.
We are standing by the art gallery which reopens
At the beginning of February, our new contemporary art gallery
So there are things happening every week.
They are tapping the wind turbine blade.
You better go down there and frighten them off, I think!
Martin Green talking to me around an hour ago. If you have already been
to visit the blade, what do you think? Is it a stunning piece of art
do you have a different view? Tunis Air to get in touch. Is it in the
right place and do you see it as a piece of art? Maybe you made that
piece of art if you work at Siemens and EU actually like it. Your views
on the blade. Is it art? It herself got people talking. -- and you
actually like it. Like it, love it or maybe you do not
think it is right. Look forward to hearing from you. We will have some
reactions before we finish at seven. A jury has heard how a husband
and wife accused of being connected with smuggling cocaine into Hull
gave different details about where money in their bank
accounts came from. Former P ship steward Edward Tron
told investigators he'd made ?100,000 from gambling -
a figure rejected by his wife Susan The pair are on trial alongside cook
Mark Quilliam at Hull Crown Court. Crispin Rolfe has
sent us this report. The court has heard
that over four years, Edward and Susan Tron deposited
?138,000 into their bank account, money which prosecutors say came
from illegally importing class A drugs into the country
via the Pride of Hull P Well, in statements to officers,
both gave accounts of their versions Susan Tron said it came
from her husband, her inheritance But she did not back up Mr Tron's
assertion that he had made The couple's statements also
differed on how they had come a spare high visibility jacket,
which the prosecution alleged was to be used
for future drug smuggling. Mrs Tron said she had bought them
as Christmas presents. Mr Tron told officers, however,
that he had bought them as gifts Tomorrow, though, 51-year-old
Edward Tron will speak for the first time to the court in person
as the case for the defence begins. He along with Mark Quilliam
is charged with conspiring to import His wife, Susan, is charged
with money laundering. All three deny those charges
and the case continues. The Humberside Police Federation
is calling for all front line It's being claimed the use of
Tasers, which use an electric shock to instantly immobilise an offender,
is less harmful than using a baton. The Police Federation also claims
they help keep police officers safe. From violent domestic incidents
in the home to people on the street carrying weapons,
they are a real useful deterrent. We go out to protect
the public every day, 24/7, and so I am calling
for the introduction of Tasers to all front line officers
to adequately protect themselves Hospital bosses in Hull say they're
having to postpone dozens of operations and clinics
because they've been They've seen a big increase
in the number of seriously ill people being admitted
through accident and emergency. And the East Midlands Ambulance has
had its busiest ever New Year. Our health correspondent
Vicky Johnson reports. Ambulances queueing up outside Hull
Royal and for me, just one sign of a very busy hospital. -- Royal
Infirmary. Managers admit they are struggling to find beds for
patients. Normally, we would have spare capacity, but by the end of
last week, we were up to 95% fill. It is not leave lots of room for
patients to come in. We have to get patients out that safely discharged
so we can manage patients that really need to be here. Doctors say
that the very high number of very ill patients being emitted just
could not have been predicted and so they have had to take drastic
action. Management here say they have had to postpone at least 60
operations last week and they are also looking to delay some
outpatient appointments and procedures or consultants can be
kept free to deal with patients who need urgent attention. Lincoln
County Hospital has also been very busy. Union leaders say that this
has put members under serious pressure. We asked our members
today, what did they think would help the situation? Do we need more
nurses? The response we got was, we need more of everything within the
NHS. This afternoon, the Health Secretary told the House of Commons
work is already under way to dissuade people from using A
unnecessarily. NHS England will continue to explore ways to ensure
that at least some of the patients who do not need to be in our A
can be given good alternative options. With temperatures forecast
to top this week, it is unlikely they will be any easing of pressure
on the NHS as people fall victim to breathing problems and flew. -- flu.
Hospital managers in guilty that the shortage of doctors let to the
closure of the town's minor injuries unit over the weekend. It was forced
to close for almost eight hours on Saturday. Officials say that they
believe it is the first time that they have ever had to close.
You for your company this Monday night on BBC One.
They scared the life out of a Championship side,
now Lincoln City wait to see who they could meet in the fourth
The dream would be drawing Man United at Old Trafford. Or
Liverpool. If you go somewhere to -- like Manchester United, you'll make
many thousands of pounds. Tonight's photograph was taken by
Jim. Thank you for that. We will have a picture at the same time
tomorrow. Good evening, young man. Jim says the funny tweet this week.
He said, I saw the picture of Peter as 007. Zero we his favourite Bond
film is Old Finger. No-one is laughing!
Less a look at the headline for the next 24 hours. The rest of the week,
actually. It is a bit of a treat tonight. It is coming or called on
Thursday and Friday. Lots of sunshine in the north and north-west
and any showers will be sleet and show. -- snow. The isobars here,
producing an Arctic blast from the north-west. We will see the first
snow showers of the season. If you like the cold stuff, it will not
last long because the westerlies will come back by the end of the
weekend and into next week. That is the active cold front that brought
the rain today. It has cleared away and we had brighter skies for a time
before the sunset. This evening and overnight, it is a stroke clear with
one or two showers. The main theme of the weather is a strength of the
wind. Strong gusty westerly winds, temperatures down to three Celsius.
37 Fahrenheit. The sun rises tomorrow at around 8:15 a.m.. Here
are your times of high water. It is a windy day tomorrow but mostly dry
and bright. Sunny spells through the course of the morning. It might well
cloud over from the West. Clouds big enough to produce pure delight
shower and spot of rain. Essentially, we are looking at a dry
day. Let's look at the top temperatures, coming in at around
eight or nine Celsius. That is the mid-40s in Fahrenheit with a strong
and gusty westerly wind. Not so bad on Wednesday but the cold air on
Thursday and Friday. Look at the drop in temperatures with sunshine.
Plenty of sunshine and a scattering of sleet and snow showers. Peter,
that is the forecast. See you tomorrow.
It's been part of Scarborough's coastline for almost 100 years,
but today it's been decided that the town's Futurist Theatre
It comes despite strong protests in the town.
Our reporter Phil Bodmer is in Scarborough tonight.
Well, for 96 years, the Futurist Theatre in Scarborough has laid
hosted a good and great of the showbiz world, including Shirley
Bassey, the Beatles and even Ken Dodd. Today, councils voted narrowly
to demolish this famous old theatre and stabilise the cliff behind it,
cleaning the site potentially for a new development. -- clearing. The
days of the theatre seem numbered. The Conservative Party run council
here say it is not sustainable as a theatrical venue going forward. This
was the reaction today after the historic decision. It has gone on
for 20 years. People have come forward with ideas that have not
backed up with a proper business case to show that after any
refurbishment had been done and any reconfiguration carried out that it
would provide a sustainable theatre. Campaigners hoping to retain the
theatre staged a march today through the railway station over to the town
hall, hoping to persuade councillors for more time to debate the issue
and look at possible alternatives. In the end, they were unsuccessful
in their quest to retain the theatre. We are not likely to see
any action until at least after the summer but there is a distinct
possibility we could see bulldozers on-site at the Futurist Theatre by
the autumn of 2017. And he knows what will take its place? -- who
knows. Always sad to see the loss of a
theatre. The Futurist Theatre in Scarborough.
Drivers are being warned about disruption in Hull
as the Park Street Bridge closes to traffic for the next
The route near St Stephen's Shopping Centre and the Paragon train station
is being closed while strengthening work takes place on the bridge
to allow more traffic on it in the future.
It's really important - it is part of our railway upgrade plan.
What it will do, though, it means that heavier vehicles
can use that bridge, meaning that it eases congestion
in Hull, particularly on Ferensway and to allow traffic to flow around
the city centre a lot better than it does now.
That will cause some problems. We will be across it with regular
traffic reports in the morning in the Carmack breakfast programme. --
in the Breakfast programme. The Hull Aquarium, The Deep,
is looking to recruit Current chief exec Colin Brown
is set to retire this year. The visitor attraction
says its looking for an effective leader who carry out day to day
operations and bring the world class aquarium through the next
phase of development. The role comes with an attractive
salary of ?100,000. In just a few minutes' time,
Lincoln City and Hull City will be drawn out of the hat in the fourth
round of the FA Cup. Hull City are straight
through after a win over Swansea City but the Imps
have a money-spinning replay over Our sports reporter Simon Clark
is in Lincoln to see how the Imps The feel-good factor is back at
Lincoln City. Fans have heard all day for the hottest ticket around.
The FA Cup Third Round replay against Ipswich Town. It was
disappointing that we did not hang on and win but it was a very good
game and the players really did the club proud and the supporters. Let's
all we can finish the job one week on Tuesday and draw at least a
Premiership club, like Man United away from home. I am a Hull City
fan, so I would rather be there. This is the game that got everyone
excited. The Imps took the lead. City are 1-0 up! Robinson has scored
four Lincoln City! After Ipswich equalised, the Imps lead again in
the second half. Your header! Ipswich equalised four minutes from
time. It is back here next week, presenting a problem for this man.
The chairman has to delay holiday plans and he is delighted. We are
bringing back lapsed fans that had probably fallen out of love with
Lincoln City in the last ten years, if you like, and decided, oh, let's
do something else on a Saturday afternoon. They are the ones I am
really happy we are attracting back and they are loving it. They are
loving it again. Long may it continue. Hull City are through to
round four. Hernandez returned from injury to score the first. This
teenager scored the second. His first full club and a winning start
for the new head coach, Marco Silva. We changed many things in the club
also and it is the perfect start with one game. Only 6600 watch The
Tigers owing to a fan boycott. Quite a different sense from hi-vis
Lincoln City fancy about their club. -- from how Lincoln City fans feel
about their club. The draw is about 20 minutes, about
ten pass, quarter past seven. Of course, we will let you know on
social media tonight, on Twitter and Facebook, what happens with that
one. Let's get a recap of the national
and regional headlines... Political turmoil
in Northern Ireland. It's heading for a snap election
after Deputy First Minister The head of Hull 2017 says a turbine
blade which is being displayed for the City of Culture celebrations
is an example of art. Tomorrow's weather -
mostly dry and bright with a little I was talking earlier about the
Humberside Police Federation column for all front line officers to be
armed with Kaiser -- Tasers. It is claimed they are less harmful than
using a bat. We will talk about that in the late news tonight at half
past ten. The subject of Tasers one you might want to comment on at half
past ten, as usual. When I was talking to Mark green, it
was an amazing sight to look at the blade. 250 feet long. If you haven't
been into town yet, you must come and have a look at the centre of
Hull. It is amazing. You wonder, like I did, how they can bolt that
laid on to the middle bit. We must do a film about it some time, and
that is the thing that fascinates us all, when you see the size of it.
But is it art? That is what I asked earlier. It is interesting, watching
the number of people tapping the blade and trying to make a sound
underneath it. Is it art or not? Henry is an engineer and says, it is
not. It is an engineering artefact carefully and intensely designed to
meet the specification. Forget art and celebrate engineering
achievement and celebrate the fact that Hull can make it. Interesting
one near. Andrew says, it is symbolic, athletic and inspires
discussion. What more do you want? This one says, it is amazing. We are
told we cannot afford money to repair the roads but somehow we find
enough money to dig up working lamp posts and traffic lights to move a
pointless I saw into the city centre. As you now from the report,
quite a lot of street movement to get the blade into the city centre.
This says, what a load of twaddle. It is a wind turbines blade that you
can see all over the country. Sue says, as an outsider, I was looking
forward to visiting Victoria Square with the new statue, paving and
lovely buildings. A cultural scene if ever there was one. I am, says
Sue, a -- standard and dismayed to see a giant white monstrosity.
Finally, Marton says, I will definitely be going to Hull to see
that magnificent sculpture of engineer Bart, -- art, whereas I
would not walk as far as Mike garden gate to see anything by the likes of
Damien Hirst! Thank you for that. Job-related you
can at half past ten. If not, I will see you tomorrow at half past six.
-- joined me later if you cannot have past ten.
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I do the right thing for the hospital.
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