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Organisers say more than 340,000 visitors have come to Hull over
the last seven days, smashing all expectations
for the opening week of City of Culture.
And after a week of fireworks and light displays, today the latest
art installation was moved into place, a 75-metre wind
turbine blade in the heart of the city centre.
Here's our culture correspondent, Anne-Marie Tasker.
It was City of Culture's surprise event, and you couldn't have
got one much bigger.
A 75-metre long, 28-tonne wind turbine blade, transported
into the heart of Hull city centre and transformed into a work of art.
Hull, in 2017, is where they are made so you get
a self-evident sculpture.
Where else could this happen?
It's made here, made by the people of Hull.
We'e got a symbolic form and an actual form of its power,
then it becomes self-evident, logical.
It makes sense to me.
The operation to move it from the factory began at 1.45am,
the two miles taking around four hours.
And the journey posed some real challenges.
All 75 metres of the Blade have got to squeeze around this tight bend.
They've already taken out the streetlights,
the traffic lights and the barriers, but they still only have a few
metres to spare between the court building and King Billy up there.
By 10am, the supports and cranes were ready to start lifting it
into position and it had drawn quite a crowd.
It's amazing, just like the last week has been totally amazing.
A massive, massive positive for Hull.
I think it should stay for longer than two months,
because I think it's really good, really.
It's quite daunting, seeing its size out here
when you're used to seeing it inside the factory.
Bringing it out into the daylight, it's even more impressive.
As a local girl, I'm quite thrilled that, for me,
this monument is quite iconic but I'm part of the next piece
of Hull's iconic structure so I'm proud as anything.
The Blade is one of a series of sculptures being shown
during City of Culture, and the impact of this one
came as a surprise even to the people who'd planned it.
He did an artist's impression of it but nothing prepares
you to actually seeing it in situ.
It's an incredibly beautiful thing.
Hours later, the blade was finally in position and it will stay
here to be seen touched and driven under for the next 10 weeks.
Anne-Marie Tasker, BBC Look North, Hull.
And if you want to see how the story of the day unfolded, step by step,
you can go to our Facebook page for lots of videos following
the blade and its journey throughout the city.
Police are appealing for witnesses following the death of a 23-year-old
man in Lincolnshire.
They were called to the A1104 at Miles Cross Hill near Alford
at about 5am yesterday morning after reports of a man
lying beside the road.
His death is currently being treated as unexplained.
Volunteers have been collecting Christmas trees
in Lincolnshire today, which they hope can be used in flood
defences along the east coast.
The collection in Cleethorpes is part of a wider plan co-ordinated
by the Environment Agency.
It's hoped hundreds of trees can be used to help coastal flood defences.
They'll be put in place in the coming weeks.
We do it for charity.
We ask for ?5 a tree, so it's a big money raiser for us
and we use it for local charities.
This year we've come up with the idea of using the trees
to stabilise the sand dunes along the coast, especially
around Mablethorpe, etc.
I'm a big believer in recycling so I like to see things
being reused rather than wasted.
Also, the whole thing about protecting the coastlines
and the sand dunes was a really good thing to me.
Really what I'd like is a similar project for next year.
A quick look at the Rugby result.
Hull KR beat Hull FC 40-16 to win the Clive Sullivan trophy
in a pre-season friendly at the KCOM Stadium today.
And now the weather, with Jennifer Bartram.
Quite a lot of cloud around this evening and overnight.
There may still be some patches of mist and fog developing
and we are going to feel the winds picking up as we head
through the night tonight.
But it is going to be generally mild, the temperatures dropping
down to 5 or 6 Celsius.
First thing tomorrow morning, it's a cloudy and misty start.
Dry to start with but we'll see this rain pushing in from the West,
clearing later on in the day.
Tomorrow's top temperature, 9 Celsius.
That's all from us for now.
We're back in the morning with your first bulletin
of the day, at 6.25am.