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Sunset 5 November - Helen Powell

A city full of buildings, pavements and structures that evoke memories of socials, dog walks, shopping and leisure. It’s hard to make out all its layers but I know they are there. I can almost see my house too!

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03/12/21

Sunrise 5 November - Gail Carmichael

The Humber was icy blue, beautiful, mesmerising. When I stopped looking for recognisable buildings, I surveyed the vista and realised how green it actually was, how many trees peppered the landscape both in the city and beyond.

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03/12/21

Sunset 4 November - Leanne Till

Beautiful colours reflected on the many different buildings and so much greenery among the city’s structures. A definite must to see the city from this viewpoint.

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03/12/21

Sunrise 4 November - Louise Nellen

Although the city and landscape have hardly changed over the last 30 years or so, it’s the attitude of the people in Hull and how the outside world views this fantastically unique place that has dramatically changed for the better.

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26/11/21

Sunset 3 November - Sheila Cooper

The peace was amazing, the sights were mind blowing. Never seen Hull from this perspective; it’s awesome. The sense of peace and calm was invigorating.

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26/11/21

Sunrise 3 November - George Wolverson

Great sense of adventure provided by the estuary – all that maritime history that changed the world. Fascinating to watch the river traffic.

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26/11/21

Sunset 2 November - Katie Winter

Then the sun began to set and it totally embraced me. At one point it felt as if it was setting just for me.

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26/11/21

Sunrise 2 November - Paula Litten

This is such a beautiful city and landscape. Industrious, creative, imprisoned by the sea. I love it.

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26/11/21

Sunset 1 November - Trish Green

The sky was beautiful, a crack in the grey that slowly zipped itself up to hide the sun, a band of pinky purple right round the city, the river bending its way around us all, keeping us in.

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26/11/21

Sunrise 1 November - Danielle McLoughlin

Peaceful, calm, a bright sunrise in the East. A rainbow, grey skies and angry wind in the West. Little me, in the middle, keeping watch over them both.

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26/11/21

Sunset 31 October - Vivienne Blackledge

An absolutely brilliant way to spend an hour’s time on All Hallows Eve. Gorgeous and sunny before it dipped behind the clouds.

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26/11/21

Sunrise 31 October - Kay Carroll

Just caught the last tendrils of the sunrise. Wind swirling around the cube.

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26/11/21

Sunset 30 October - Nick Bulmer

Bright. Warmth from autumnal sun. Blue sky. Windmills. River. Ships. Cars. Sirens. Birds. Wind. Weather vane.

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26/11/21

Sunrise 30 October - Louise Morris

Seeing the sun peek from between the clouds and illuminate the city, reflected on the Wilberforce statue to the west and the water to the east.

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26/11/21

Sunset 29 October - Patrick Morris

Watching the boats and the birds, the autumn colours in the trees, the people below unaware of my vigil.

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26/11/21

Sunrise 29 October - Sally Green

Saw the city come to life – made me feel so proud to be from Hull. This is a beautiful city – even the ‘dirty old river’ fills me with pride.

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15/11/21

Sunset 28 October - Phil Walsh

A dull and rainy-looking sky
Was that an hour that just went by?

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15/11/21

Sunrise 28 October - Sue Girtchen

My favourite view was over Queens Gardens and beyond. Amazing how many trees you can see over Hull.

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15/11/21

Sunset 27 October - Judy Walsh

I see the Wilberforce statue and the bridge on the river, the water is murky it makes me shiver.

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15/11/21

Sunrise 27 October - Mike Ware

A lovely sunrise with amazing views from Humber Bridge to the mouth of the Humber.

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15/11/21

Sunset 26 October - Ian Hollingsworth

Thank you for the opportunity to experience the sights and sounds of the city as the sun descended to the west.

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15/11/21

Sunrise 26 October - Chris Newton

One, looking east, the industrial furnace of Hull. Docks and light/heavy industry and communication with Europe.

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15/11/21

Sunset 25 October - Judith Dent

A changing vista throughout the hour, with my attention changing as I thought about different aspects of the city and my role in it.

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15/11/21

Sunrise 25 October - Joanne Baglin

Each individual is such a small part of the vastness of the city, how significant or insignificant is up to us.

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15/11/21

Sunset 24 October - Diana Wichelhaus

After a while I was completely focused on the clouds on fire in the distance and the light fading slowly.

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15/11/21

Sunrise 24 October - Caroline Bullough

To steal a line from Andrew Marvell, “Had we but world enough and time”

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15/11/21

Sunset 23 October - Chris Bullough

And, of course, the genuine quickening of my pulse when my own leading lady made a cameo appearance down below. So, so lucky that in this city of thousands we call home, she is mine and I am hers.

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15/11/21

Sunrise 23 October - Nicki Collinson

Taking an hour out of ‘life’ to just stand there and look at the city gave me an overriding sense of pride.

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15/11/21

Sunset 22 October - Chris Shepherd

I thought of the Air Raid Wardens from WWII, scanning the horizon for enemy planes. Protecting the city.

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15/11/21

Sunrise 22 October - Christina Gabbitas

As I arrived the city looked grey but wasn’t long before the sun started to peep on the horizon.

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15/11/21

Sunset 21 October - Alastair Devine

Compared to earlier in the week when I thought I would need wellies – the sun shone – and I had to put on the sunglasses!

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15/11/21

Sunrise 21 October - Sarah Paton

It felt optimistic to choose to watch the dawn of a new day but unexpectedly the moon was the main event.

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15/11/21

Sunset 20 October - Daron High

Who needs Netflix when you can stand in a box and witness the elements?

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15/11/21

Sunrise 20 October - Anne Sugden

What a privilege to witness the sunrise lighting up Hull this morning!

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15/11/21

Sunset 19 October - Richard King

A full hour in solitude scanning the rooftops, roads and gardens of Hull.

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15/11/21

Sunrise 19 October - Anna Bean

A lovely concept being able to contemplate life from such a fabulous viewpoint.

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15/11/21

Sunset 18 October - Louisa Haynes

I watched and I waited for the clouds to part, for the sun to break through... and it did.

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15/11/21

Sunrise 18 October - Alastair Cooper

The clouds stopped me from seeing a beautiful sunrise and afar but nonetheless it was an excellent experience.

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15/11/21

Sunset 17 October - Liz Nicholson

It was an absolute treat to spend some time looking out over my adopted home city.

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15/11/21

Sunrise 17 October - Denise Middleton

I took in the skyline of the different buildings and Queen’s Gardens, how different this will look once the work is finished but still, the great man himself, William Wilberforce, will stand guard.

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15/11/21

Sunset 16 October - Danny Locke

Wow! What a blissful hour sat watching the world go by.

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15/11/21

Sunrise 16 October - Janet Bark

From Companion to Vigil with only a few hours’ notice I wondered how different it would feel from when I first did the Vigil.

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15/11/21

Sunset 15 October - David Hope

Absolutely amazing. Lost myself just standing there shutting out the noise apart from the frequent noisy motor cycle.

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15/11/21

Sunrise 15 October - David Smith

The sunlight hit the buildings lighting them up and reflecting back onto the city.

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15/11/21

Sunset 14 October - Dean Wilson

At one point the clouds looked like a shark’s mouth swallowing the sun.

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15/11/21

Sunrise 14 October - Paul Holloway

A grey, blank sky today so no sun to see! That somehow made people-watching less of a guilty pleasure.

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15/11/21

Sunset 13 October - Jennie Harrison

You could see the rides and lights of Hull Fair and the city centre switch on. It was good to see it from a different perspective.

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04/11/21

Sunrise 13 October - Jack Lawrence Rimmington

Last summer I told myself that it was important to see more sunrises and sunsets to enjoy the daily things in life which we often take for granted but are actually quite beautiful.

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04/11/21

Sunset 12 October - Helen Duncalfe

The sunset was spectacular. I feel so lucky to see the lights of Hull Fair in a different way.

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04/11/21

Sunrise 12 October - David Stubbins

It was so calming and peaceful to just sit and stand, tea in hand, for an hour and watch the city come to life. Thank you for a memorable morning.

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04/11/21

Sunset 11 October - Steven Clappison

We don’t spend enough time stopping and reflecting like this now we all have the internet in our pockets. We really should.

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04/11/21

Sunrise 11 October - Pam Medhurst

What a privilege to be able to be a part of this! How wonderful to watch over the city on such a gorgeous morning!

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04/11/21

Sunset 10 October - Katy Winfield

Whilst everything outside appeared to slow down my 60 minutes keeping watch passed so quickly.

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04/11/21

Sunrise 10 October - Steve Welham

At first I looked for the sunrise.

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04/11/21

Sunset 9 October - Somayeh Alizadeh

I think everybody need come here and think about where are their life.

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04/11/21

Sunrise 9 October - Calum Porter

An unforgettable and very personal vigil over a bright, sunny and autumnal Hull.

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28/10/21

Sunset 8 October - Anne Welham

I see lots of birds up here from sparrow to pigeons, crows, magpie, seagulls, geese and a lone swan.

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28/10/21

Sunrise 8 October - Graham Harkness

A clear sunrise over the docks. A ship making slow, hazy progress to the mouth of the Humber, pink clouds on a blue sky

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28/10/21

Sunset 7 October - Hilary Stephenson

Lovely to watch over the city that has looked after me since I arrived here 50 years ago.

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28/10/21

Sunrise 7 October - Nick Holroyd-Doveton

It’s amazing what you can see.

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28/10/21

Sunset 6 October - Sylvia Hodson

A beautiful sunny evening, the tide was high and the River Humber shone like a mirror.

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28/10/21

Sunrise 6 October - Pat Nendick

Cold, blustery morning watching the sun trying to rise. It had many battles with the thick grey clouds forging through only occasionally.

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28/10/21

Sunset 5 October - Arthur Tonkinson

Windy and rain (squalls).

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28/10/21

Sunrise 5 October - Mark Babych

Looking out across the East of the city the lights of cars and traffic twinkled and travelled past way below and the lights on the Humber moved across the river reminding me of how busy life is and how rare these moments of stillness are

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28/10/21

Sunset 4 October - Pat Wilson

The sky was so many shades as the sun went down: pink, orange, purple, grey, orange. At one point the clouds formed a whale with one eye looking over Hull.

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28/10/21

Sunrise 4 October - Ian Smith

It was a beautiful moment. The sun came out and shone on the rooftops and with some night dew they glistened and the light was spectacular from this unique angle.

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25/10/21

Sunset 3 October - Vicki Brownlee

The bright sun amongst the clouds to the west with a fabulous view of the Bridge and the Wolds beyond. A look to the east saw a growing rainbow and the distant wind turbines.

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25/10/21

Sunrise 3 October - Matthew Thompson

So great to see the city wake up to a beautiful sunrise.

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25/10/21

Sunset 2 October - Steve Windass

I’m grateful for the time, place and space to observe our magnificent city.

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25/10/21

Sunrise 2 October - Kerry Smith

The value of a moment to pause is very much overlooked.

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25/10/21

Sunset 1 October - Nanette Thompson - Halls

Thank you for this amazing opportunity.

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25/10/21

Sunrise 1 October - Joanna Huggins

I thoroughly enjoyed taking 60 minutes of complete mindfulness to watch over the city and be reminded what a stunning place Hull really is

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25/10/21

Sunset 30 September - Christine Brough

It takes a few minutes to clear your head of everyday thoughts and to get over the excitement of seeing familiar places from such a vantage point.

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25/10/21

Sunrise 30 September - Lucy Francis

The seagulls carry the stories from the sea . . . I love that sound.

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25/10/21

Sunset 29 September - Lorna Robinson

On first arriving in the box, the first thing that hits you is the sight of the city all laid out and looking amazing.

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25/10/21

Sunrise 29 September - Jill Cuthbert

Thank you to all involved for this wonderful opportunity to watch my city awaken and get ready for the day ahead.

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25/10/21

Sunset 28 September - Andy Train

The complex city, the hubbub of our lives played out during rush hour marking the close of another day.

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25/10/21

Sunrise 28 September - Matt Nicholson

It was an inspiring and humbling experience to peep on the people and the city below.

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25/10/21

Sunset 27 September - Clare Reeves

I feel incredibly lucky that the wind and rain disappeared and I had a beautiful evening to watch the sunset.

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25/10/21

Sunrise 27 September - Maureen Richardson

Very windy morning, waiting with anticipation and trepidation of what was going to happen.

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21/10/21

Sunset 26 September - David Fletcher

I was really looking forward to the sunset vigil and I wasn’t disappointed.

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21/10/21

Sunrise 26 September - Daniel Taylor

I approached this with very little expectation of what it would be like or how I would feel during the hour I was in there.

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21/10/21

Sunset 25 September - Ali Hubbard

After the initial shock of entering the box and fearing I was under siege from multiple wasps I soon realised I was in a safe space!

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21/10/21

Sunrise 25 September - Heather Rawling

I enter as the clouds to east reflect the redness of the morning sun.

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21/10/21

Sunset 24 September - Philip Evans

What occupied me the most was observing the skyline from up on high. I could see the weather vane on the old Hull City archives office and the new extension next door to it.

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21/10/21

Sunrise 24 September - Sam Kind

The sun was creeping up to the east as I entered and began my vigil.

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21/10/21

Sunset 23 September - Carol Osgerby

My morning walk – from a different perspective.

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21/10/21

Sunrise 23 September - Elizabeth Knight

A fantastic experience – watching the sun come up through the clouds,

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21/10/21

Sunset 22 September - Hind Braun

I want to ask the world. Who is the right? Who is the wrong? Where am I belong?

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21/10/21

Sunrise 22 September - Richard Berry

Time to think!

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21/10/21

Sunset 21 September - Phillippa Wray

Clouds forming, reforming and fading away.

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21/10/21

Sunrise 21 September - Marguerite Reedier

It’s the last day of summer and, as the beautiful Harvest Moon disappeared, a glorious sunrise began.

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20/10/21

Sunset 20 September - Sophie Lee

What a great experience! It felt as if time stood still as I entered in glorious sunshine and departed as the night sky fell.

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20/10/21

Sunrise 20 September - Julie Dawn Waudby

We all have our reasons to do the Vigil.

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19/10/21

Sunset 19 September - Anne Nicholls

An unbelievable view of Hull, as I have never seen it before.

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19/10/21

Sunrise 19 September - John Tindall

Contemplative!!

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19/10/21

Sunset 18 September - Helen Rodriquez

It was not a quiet vigil as I had hoped whilst the box vibrated constantly with the bass from The Sesh.

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19/10/21

Sunrise 18 September - Bernard France

Well, what can I say? It’s a really special way to celebrate my 77th birthday.

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19/10/21

Sunset 17 September - Nigel Watt

Magical!

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19/10/21

Sunrise 17 September - Emma Pooley

What a privilege it was to not only watch the city I call home wake up but to do so on my birthday!

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19/10/21

Sunset 16 September - Jeanette Smailes

I was rewarded with a beautiful sunset!

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19/10/21

Sunrise 16 September - Melanie Hughes

I feel very privileged to have seen the city waking for another day

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19/10/21

Sunset 15 September - Adam Tyas

Firstly, I was gifted with glorious weather, a beaming sun with blue skies scattered with white clouds.

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19/10/21

Sunrise 15 September - Sue Clark

What a birthday celebration!!! Thank you.

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19/10/21

Sunset 14 September - David Turner

Tried to work out where and what every building was.

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19/10/21

Sunrise 14 September - Randall Barlow

The Watcher’s solitary vigil,

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19/10/21

Sunset 13 September - Martha Close

Something about watching from high up alone – unseen – made me feel protective of the people below

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19/10/21

Sunrise 13 September- Scarlett Leedham

Thank you for this experience, it was truly wonderful to watch my city wake up.

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15/10/21

Sunset 12 September - Pete Lonsdale

I’d hoped for a glorious sunset but all I had were clouds. That didn’t matter in the end as the view was fantastic.

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15/10/21

Sunrise 12 September - Chris Head

My initial reaction was to sit down but I quickly changed to standing and walking between the windows keeping guard. Odd but true.

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15/10/21

Sunset 11 September - Maddie Tyerrell

I saw so much, thought many things – did anyone see me and wonder what I was thinking, as I did them?

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15/10/21

Sunrise 11 September - Suzie Nichols

I started by looking out across the east of the city. An area I don’t know so well.

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15/10/21

Sunset 10 September - Charlotte Park

Who knew Hull was pretty?! At first I thought I could tell the time but by the end I had no idea if I had been there 25 minutes or 55 minutes.

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15/10/21

Sunrise 10 September - Sarah Mole

Well! That was lovely.

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15/10/21

Sunset 9 September - Sarah Penney

On my way out of the door of my house as I left to take the sunset vigil, I broke a vase. Classic.

“Don’t worry,” said my understanding partner. “Enjoy your quiet time.”

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15/10/21

Sunrise 9 September - Paul Holland

After 40 years of driving east into the city each morning I finally have an opportunity to study the sunrise rather than shade my eyes from it.

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15/10/21

Sunset 8 September - Cathy Roberts

Watching movements and moments of stillness. The start and stop of daily life.

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15/10/21

Sunrise 8 September - Beth Crookes

As I enter the box, I turn my back on the more familiar west, the centre of the city, and focus on the less familiar east, the working heart of the city.

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15/10/21

Sunset 7 September - Susie Roberts

I cannot remember the last time I felt this relaxed, calm and content.

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15/10/21

Sunrise 7 September - Iain Bartholomew

Up where seagulls dare .....

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15/10/21

Sunset 7 September - Jan Dalton

Only one word to describe. WOW.

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15/10/21

Sunrise 6 September - Nikola Idle

I realised there was so much to see and so little time.

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14/10/21

Sunset 5 September - Jenna Holmes

A meditative experience to watch the sunset unfolding – something lost in the background of life most days.

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14/10/21

Sunrise 5 September - Sarah McGowan

I am not a morning person usually and have probably seen very few sunrises, so it was quite exciting to see the sun peeking above the horizon. (I think I let out a little squeal!)

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14/10/21

Sunset 4 September - Angus Mackechnie

I thought of nature and how bold and big it is. How much bigger than us.

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14/10/21

Sunrise 4 September - Katy Brough

...each building, space and view from the box was attached to a memory or thought, many of which I hadn’t considered for so long.

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14/10/21

Sunset 3 September - Laura Smith

It was lovely to have an hour to myself with no distractions, watching over the city that has been my home for the last 20+ years.

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14/10/21

Sunrise 3 September - Neil Butler

Hull city unfolds

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14/10/21

Sunset 2 September - Anthony Baker

The light dimmed slowly as the city twinkled with artificial lights.

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14/10/21

Sunrise 2 September - Trish Dalby

The City awakes very slowly.

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14/10/21

Sunset 1 September - Eileen Flux

Although there was movement, cars, people, even the wind in the trees, overall there was a real sense of stillness.

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14/10/21

Sunrise 1 September - Pete Massey

The city, completely unaware of itself, came to life before me and it was a joy to behold.

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14/10/21

Sunset 31 August - Lulu Frenett

Gosh, it went so quickly! I couldn’t believe it when John came in half way through. It was so lovely to feel so close to the city but be so far above it.

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14/10/21

Sunrise 31 August - Nerice Jackson

Sepia tones being washed by light like a damp cloth over an old painting, bringing out the view step by step and the colours one by one, so much green brought to life by blue.

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14/10/21

Sunset 30 August - Katherine Stevenson

The city where Wilberforce keeps watch.

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14/10/21

Sunrise 30 August - Michael Hill

Cloud blocks the sun but watching how the dock area changes as the lights go out. Could hear gulls and the sound of traffic.

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Sunset 29 August

16/09/21

Sunset 29 August 2021 - ROBIN FORSTER

Tonight was, unfortunately, very grey and overcast so no chance of a sunset over the city.

It has been an experience to see the city from such a height. Many of the buildings take on a different perspective from above.

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Sunrise 29 August

16/09/21

Sunrise 29 August 2021 - KELLY SHAKESBY

Such a journey to have. Watching over the city started so quickly getting my bearings, identifying the buildings and finding places of my life. Then the memories start flooding back of times in Queens Gardens over the years with friends and family, then scanning the city for more. Wondering how my families’ memories would differ.

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Sunset 28 August

16/09/21

Sunset 28 August 2021 - CLARE POWELL

Hot summer’s day
Bright sunshine
Hazy sky
Closed my eyes
Listened
Roaring helicopter
Whirring sirens
City life
Opened and watched
Busy city

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Sunrise 28 August

16/09/21

Sunrise 28 August 2021 - BEN BRADSHAW

Nature is unpredictable, that’s what makes it so organically beautiful. During my Vigil, the viewing booth was overtly covered with condensation on the outside. This meant there was no clear view of the City. However, I wasn’t going to let that stop me. There were drizzles of clear on the glass.

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Sunset 27 August

16/09/21

Sunset 27 August 2021 - SARAH PROCTOR

What can I say? This was an absolutely amazing experience. I wasn’t really sure what to expect!

Once I arrived into the ‘box’ I didn’t know where to look first. My eyes flitted from left to right and back again. I moved from West to East and back again.

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Sunrise 27 August

16/09/21

Sunrise 27 August 2021 - TONY LEE

Wow . . . . My Vigil began with two sunrises. The first saw the sun sneakily rise above the horizon then disappear into a bank of cloud only to rise again. A kind of solar B.O.G.O.F.

I thought this was symbolic of Covid and the restrictions we have faced. Hopefully, we can all rise to a brighter future as a city together.

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Sunset 26 August

16/09/21

Sunset 26 August 2021 - GRAHAM REEDIER

So, I am unexpectedly the Vigil for tonight. A crash on the Humber Bridge means the allotted Vigil cannot cross over. An hour to think, reflect and ponder. My thoughts were all over the place. Family and friends who are still with me and those who have departed.

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Sunrise 26 August

16/09/21

Sunrise 26 August 2021 - GARY BARRATT

Although you can’t take anything into the shelter with you, you still end up taking yourself. For my hour I reflected on how hard I was finding it to get out of my own way and enjoy the experience on its own terms. I have always struggled to be present and in the moment.

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Sunset 25 August

16/09/21

Sunset 25 August 2021- PAUL HOPTON

A sense of tranquillity and peacefulness as the sun began to set over our great city. Great to be able to visualise the suburbs/villages of Hull as well as the inner city. We are blessed with some amazing architecture that has stood the test of time whilst being cursed by some of the post-war monstrosities, the worst of which seem to be the most recent builds.

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Sunrise 25 August

16/09/21

Sunrise 25 August 2021 - MICHAEL ARMSTRONG

The City Centre:
- so busy
- even the river flows non-stop
- so misty
- today it clears before the sun
- such traffic
- a ferry reverses into its berth
- no one is collecting eggs (that I can see).

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Sunset 24 August

16/09/21

Sunset 24 August 2021 - BAZYAN PSHDARI

Being in this small room for one hour made me have four strange feelings:
1. I feel time has stopped and does not count any more.
2. Since I was a child I was dreaming of flying and for a moment I wanted to break the glass and jump but
my self-confidence said, “Wait, Baz. Stop.

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Sunrise 24 August

16/09/21

Sunrise 24 August 2021 - JOHN RHOADES

An interesting way to start my birthday.

Two thoughts:
1. The familiar looks very different from a new perspective.
2. Very pleasing to see how much of the city is made up of trees.

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Sunset 23 August

16/09/21

Sunset 23 August 2021 - EMILY PINGREE

I was fortunate to be able to hear the bells from Hull Minster during the second half of the vigil which added to the magic of the evening. What a privilege to be able to keep watch over our little city as it settles down for the night.

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Sunrise 23 August

16/09/21

Sunrise 23 August 2021 - ELLIE IRWIN

What a lovely start to my 35th birthday. This month also marks five years in the UK for me. I spent a lot of my vigil thinking about the architecture and history of Hull. How diverse the buildings and its people are. A beautiful halo of light came down over East Hull and the docks throughout my vigil.

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Sunset 22 August

16/09/21

Sunset 22 August 2021 - KATE MOORE

Many thoughts ran through my mind whilst I kept vigil in the shelter. My main thought was how poignant is it that I was stood in a Freedom Festival volunteers uniform looking over the city with William Wilberforce (his statue) in front of me.

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Sunrise 22 August

16/09/21

Sunrise 22 August 2021 - HOLLY ILETT

I have observed an overcast, cloudy Sunday morning today but this certainly didn’t take away from the experience. Total peace and serenity.

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Sunset 21 August

16/09/21

Sunset 21 August 2021 - GARY KIRK

I’ve been up on the roof of the college many times but always working. A totally different experience to stop and really look and think for an extended period of time. .

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Sunrise 21 August

16/09/21

Sunrise 21 August 2021 - DARRAN ARNELL

Thank you for the opportunity to see my city from a viewpoint that I would normally never get the chance. The clouds broke enough for me to see an amazing sunrise before the big red orb was engulfed by cloud.

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Sunset 20 August

15/09/21

Sunset 20 August 2021 - DAVID CORBETT

The sense of understanding or evaluating my life didn’t strike me in the Vigil box. However, a greater love of my home city came over me as I glanced out toward the Humber Bridge – a symbol of change and development which left an everlasting mark. Hull has always aimed to change.

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Sunrise 20 August

15/09/21

Sunrise 20 August 2021 - CLARE CROOKS

I felt calm, invigorated, de-stressed yet energised after that experience. It was a rush to get here but once in the box everything else melted away and I could just experience the city in a new way and enjoy the space, the view, the light.

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Sunset 19 August

15/09/21

Sunset 19 August 2021 - MAUREEN PORTER

I don’t often allow myself time to think about my life over the last few years and how many members of my family and friends I have unfortunately lost. This gave me the opportunity to do so.

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Sunrise 19 August

15/09/21

Sunrise 19 August 2021 - JAMES RUSSELL

I wanted to spend this hour enjoying seeing my city from a new angle, from a place of solitude, with the time to take things in. And for the most part, I did. To the east, the city is surprisingly green; trees abound and in places seem to dominate.

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Sunset 18 August

15/09/21

Sunset 18 August 2021 - BELINDA GARRY

I enjoyed the opportunity of seeing our City from this perspective. Many memories of various buildings were brought to the fore. Work, education, my dad’s place of work on the Docks. I really felt at one with the environment, the wind blowing through the vents and the trees moving, we were one.

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Sunrise 18 August

15/09/21

Sunrise 18 August 2021 - MELISSA McVEIGH

Time is a funny thing. Too fast, too slow. It is a rare moment indeed that we have no real concept of time. Rarer still, to stop for a full hour (ish), actually stop. Separated from phone, from watch, from notifications, emails, phone calls – I could finally block out the noise of my world and tune in to the muted sounds of traffic, the odd seagull and an insistent forklift in the distance.

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Sunset 17 August

15/09/21

Sunset 17 August 2021 - COREY ROSE

With all the chaos going on in the world, especially in Afghanistan, it was lovely to witness the city go from being busy to going peaceful as the sun set over Hull and the lights illuminating the city landmarks and transforming it into a peaceful evening.

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Sunrise 17 August

15/09/21

Sunrise 17 August 2021 - BARBARA ROBERTS

Sunrise today, yesterday and tomorrow will happen. Today I was there to see it. Knowing the sun has risen for millions of years in the past and will do for millions of years in the future! Problems in my head knowing that it is the earth that is moving and not the sun.

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Sunset 16 August

15/09/21

Sunset 16 August 2021 - PHIL TAYLOR

Wow! A wonderful sunny evening looking over Hull. A great experience and a privilege to take part. Had time to think and reflect. I was born in Hull in 1960 but lost my Dad (George Robert Taylor) on this day in 1972.

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Sunrise 16 August

15/09/21

Sunrise 16 August 2021 - AMANDA NEWTON

What a wonderful experience. So calm and serene. It was lovely to watch the ferry slowly docking and to witness the city waking up. Such a fantastic view of a city I thought I knew so well!

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Sunset 15 August

14/09/21

Sunset 15 August 2021 - ALISON RAMSEY

A private sunset. A view of Hull I’d never had before. I was higher than the screeching gulls. It was wonderful to be able to pick out places I knew and intriguing to try to figure out what others were. Being able to enjoy the Kraken on the Maritime Museum was an added bonus.

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Sunrise 15 August

14/09/21

Sunrise 15 August 2021 - LUCY CAREW

Wow! An amazing, unique, peaceful, calming experience. So entrancing to see the sun rise over a city I now call my home. I thought my mind would wander to my busy life, but it didn’t – it stayed in the now.

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Sunset 14 August

14/09/21

Sunset 14 August 2021 - LUCY ELMES

So much to see and muse over. I felt excited, tired, grateful, a voyeur, at peace, distracted, like a city invigilator and tree keeper.

Strange sense of time quickening and slowing, the vista familiar yet newly revealing shapes lights and movement – East and West.

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Sunrise 14 August

14/09/21

Sunrise 14 August 2021 - LEANNE AYRE

I found myself, somewhat unexpectedly, in the shelter this morning. No blazing sunrises like before but a steady calm of a city waking.

The noise was most noticeable, the seagulls almost deafening at times as they cried for attention.

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Sunset 13 August

14/09/21

Sunset 13 August 2021 - TRACEY WHITING

Lost for words (first time in my life). Beautiful. I became entranced by the colours of the sun setting. I felt as if I was the only person in Hull.

Wouldn’t never have believed how beautiful it was until I experienced it myself. So overpowering

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Sunrise 13 August

14/09/21

Sunrise 13 August 2021 - WENDY BARTHOLOMEW

Such peace! Me, the sky and the seagulls with the whole of Hull laid out beneath us like a puzzle. The moment the very first tip of the sun appears is breath-taking.

A wondrous light this morning which I feel very lucky to have witnessed.

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Sunset 12 August

14/09/21

Sunset 12 August 2021 - RAEANN L ROOMS

The glorious 12th! And it was glorious. The view takes your breath away. I am so proud of Hull – I have lived here all my life.
I have seen the sunset on holidays all over the world.

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Sunrise 12 August

29/08/21

Sunrise 12 August 2021 - MATTHEW SMITH

The first thing that came into my head as the Vigil started was how much daylight we waste. The gulls were already awake, their cries almost the only sound since most humans were still asleep. Yet already there was plenty of light. A resource we hoard desperately in winter, in summer we’re happy to squander it on sleep.

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Sunset 11 August

29/08/21

Sunset 11 August 2021 - ALISON E BATEMAN

When you are in a box with only two windows for an hour, it gives you a proper chance to reflect, imagine, observe and just be at one with yourself whilst looking at people.

I recently lost my darling husband, Gavin, to a long battle with two types of cancer. So my emotions were, and still are, quite raw.

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Sunrise 11 August

29/08/21

Sunrise 11 August 2021 - ANDY MEDCALF

Before I came I didn’t really know what to expect, but it was a truly peaceful hour of reflection and seeing the city in, literally, a whole new light.

I was lucky enough to experience a few minutes of the most striking blood orange sun, followed by brilliant white illuminating the city

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Sunset 10 August

22/08/21

Sunset 10 August 2021 - CHLOE ADSHEAD

My vigil was much more than I expected it to be. To be able to be still and simply take in my surroundings without the distraction of everyday life was refreshing and emotional.

Having the opportunity to ‘watch over’ the City I call home was a wonderful experience.

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Sunrise 10 Aug

22/08/21

Sunrise 10 August 2021 - FREDDIE GARLAND

To watch the sun begin to appear through a slice in the sky whilst the east of the city seems to awaken faster than the west.

To hear the traffic steadily increase like waves crashing on a shoreline, the bold seagulls playing around the windows picking up pace as they rise and fall, only one to begin with, then three, then five.

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Sunset 9 Aug

22/08/21

Sunset 9 August 2021 - ELIZA ADSHEAD

It’s not often you get a complete hour by yourself with no screens, and just your own thoughts.

It was such a lovely experience to see Hull from a different view. Having been born here and have spent the last 24 years growing up here, it was an extremely enjoyable thing to do before I finally move away in September.

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Sunrise 9 Aug

22/08/21

Sunrise 9 August 2021 - ELLIE HARDY

Wow, what can one really say? Such a privilege/experience, words cannot really describe my experience. The visual photos of a stunning sunrise, rising above the City and beyond the buildings – all different sizes, shapes, just like us.

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Sunset 8 Aug

22/08/21

Sunset 8 August 2021 - BARBARA OSBOURNE

Well what a wonderful experience that was. I could have stayed out there all night.

The clouds were wonderful, the sky was wonderful, the colours were wonderful. At one point I was singing and looking up and I felt like I was ascended into heaven.

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Sunrise 8 Aug

22/08/21

Sunrise 8 August 2021 - JACK JASSEY

I think the place is so nice. I can see Hull too.

I see a boat on the Humber, and the wind turbines. I’ve enjoyed myself.

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Sunset 7 Aug

22/08/21

Sunset 7 August 2021 - RAY STEPHENS

What a great way to end my birthday! It was a privilege to be able to watch over my adopted city as the sun went down. Fabulous cloud formations which unfortunately covered the sun actually setting. However, the sun’s rays gave the clouds to the east a beautiful colouring.

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Sunrise 7 Aug

22/08/21

Sunrise 7 August 2021 - SUE THOMPSON

Thank you for letting me see the Amazing Sunrise over my city.

Experience I will never forget.

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Sunset 6 Aug

22/08/21

Sunset 6 August 2021 - PHOEBE ADSHEAD

Amazing to see Hull in all of its glory!

I loved looking out to all the buildings steeped in their history and wondering what may have happened behind some of those windows all those many moons ago.

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Sunrise 6 Aug

22/08/21

Sunrise 6 August 2021 - DANNY HUTSON

Today is my 39th birthday. And what a way to start the day. It was cloudy to begin with and stayed dark until the last 10 or 20 minutes or so.

I felt emotional at one point, thinking and reminiscing about all the experiences I’ve had while growing up in Hull. Hull born and bred

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Sunset 5 Aug

22/08/21

Sunset 5 August 2021 - NICHOLA ROE

Experiencing the city from above is an opportunity you don’t get to do often, particularly when you’re left alone to observe the sunset. This is something I will never forget. Watching the drizzle come down and the city lights begin to sparkle reminded me of one of the things I love most about this country; the rain – well, drizzle.

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Sunrise 5 Aug

22/08/21

Sunrise 5 August 2021 - CHRIS CHURCH

I saw the sun come up over the horizon like a red balloon slowly emerging. Then gradually becoming yellow and lighter until I couldn’t look at it any more. An amazing experience. I watched seagulls flying at my height and small flocks of birds landing on Queen’s Gardens.

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Sunset 4 Aug

22/08/21

Sunset 4 August 2021 - DAREN HALE

So strange to see the world going about its business in the usual hustle and bustle below whilst observing it in complete solitude and silence above fantastic views of a still busy Queen’s Gardens whilst to the east a ferry sets sail to Rotterdam.

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Sunrise 4 Aug

22/08/21

Sunrise 4 August 2021 - CHRIS NAVIER

It would have been easy to sit back and reflect on what the past 18 months has taken away from me (and everyone) but the vigil gave me the opportunity to reflect on just how much life and energy is out there.

A unique and rewarding experience – an hour doesn’t seem that long at all!

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Sunset 3 Aug

22/08/21

Sunset 3 August 2021 - KEITH MOULD

Visually.

Thought I was going to be unlucky as I entered the box the heavens opened and visibility fell. But I was lucky enough to see a large rainstorm pass over the city as the visibility cleared and the sun broke through I was treated to one of the most magnificent sunsets I have ever seen. The sun bright, casting an orange glow across the tops of the buildings.

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Sunrise 3 Aug

22/08/21

Sunrise 3 August 2021 - JAN LOFT

So beautiful seeing Hull awaken. Couldn’t get my bearings to start with as everything looked so different from above, so small, close together.

When the sun started to rise it was so red and really round, the clouds kept playing with me and moving to block the sunrise but it wasn’t frustrating – more intriguing.

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Sunset 2 Aug

22/08/21

Sunset 2 August 2021 - SARAH WATSON

My life chapters spread beneath my feet.

At school below me. Gallery probably now a sports hall at the academy. Quay Art in Princes Quay. Modern poky flats and period houses I lived in. St Mary’s where I got married. Big investments at the time but seemingly inconsequential now.

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Sunrise 2 Aug

22/08/21

Sunrise 2 August 2021 - CHRIS HEALE

Permanence and change.
Reality versus expectation.

I had a strong sense of each of us living very different lives within a tight structure and how this regimentation suits some, but not all.

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Sunset 1 Aug

22/08/21

Sunset 1 August 2021 - JANIE THORESBY

Yorkshire Day.

I daren’t stand right at the front facing West in case it tipped! Though I was OK facing East.

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Sunrise 1 Aug

22/08/21

Sunrise 1 August 2021 - ANNIE HOLMES

Yorkshire Day.

Wow! What a way to start Yorkshire Day. I left the city at the age of five but still think of myself as a Yorkshire Lass!

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Sunset 31 July

15/08/21

Sunset 31 July 2021 - JAYNE GROSS

I was a bit fearful going into the Shelter following a close family bereavement the last thing I wanted was to be alone with my thoughts.
But I should not have worried. The sights and sounds of the City grabbed my attention immediately.

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Sunrise 31 July

15/08/21

Sunrise 31 July 2021 - DAVE WINDASS

I’m not sure if William Wilberforce is known for getting high but it was great to be higher than him for once!
Great opportunity to view the city from a unique perspective – stunned by its beauty and compactness – reinforced my love for the place.

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Sunset 30 July

15/08/21

Sunset 30 July 2021 - PHILIP WAUDBY-LAWRENCE

Good to take my turn in watching over the city which has been my home for over 50 years – so much change happening to the city centre which is sad to see but seeing so much scaffolding to the building is nice to see.

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Sunrise 30 July

15/08/21

Sunrise 30 July 2021 - CARL WAUDBY-LAWRENCE

Having an opportunity to watch over the City as it wakes was an honour and privilege.
A City that has seen change over the years, a city that is struggling to survive like many but still has a beating heart to fight on.

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Sunset 29 July

15/08/21

Sunset 29 July 2021 - TOM APPLEYARD

A very surreal experience. It was great to see views of Hull and beyond I’ve never seen before.
A beautiful, clear evening with a fantastic sunset and cloud formation.

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Sunrise 29 July

15/08/21

Sunrise 29 July - SU DAVIS

Thirty years ago I had a view over the city regularly from the top of Romeo and Juliet’s nightclub (probably with a Blue Bols and lemonade in hand because I thought it was cool!).

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Sunset 28 July

15/08/21

Sunset 28 July 2021 - MATT BARRASS

This year and last have really had a strange impact on everyone. I reflected on this and impact on Hull and the arts in general. I have missed the arts so much and I have missed Hull.

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Sunrise 28 July

15/08/21

Sunrise 28 July 2021 - JULIE GIBSON

Thinking about how Hull has developed – from poverty and hard work, streets in the Old Town, how people lived – the changes and developments of the city over the years.

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Sunset 27 July

15/08/21

Sunset 27 July 2021 - NICOLA BRYANT

I didn’t enjoy the experience at all. Whether it was the murky, dark evening or the current times I am not sure . . . but rather than feel protective, I felt very voyeuristic – judgmental even.

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Sunrise 27 July 2021

15/08/21

Sunrise 27 July 2021 - HOLLY WALTON

A bit hazy to the east but a lovely clear morning to the west. I am wondering if it is too early to feel emotional!

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Sunset 26 July

15/08/21

Sunset 26 July 2021 - RACHEL HOGG

What would have been my Grandpa’s 102nd birthday. Watching the sun set over the city that has been my family’s home for the past two hundred years or so seemed like a fitting tribute.

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Sunrise 26 July

15/08/21

Sunrise 26 July 2021 - STEVE WAUDBY

Wow. How much time do we actually have when we’re not clock watching and just enjoying moments? Watching the City begin to come to life this morning was a real joy, looking out at familiar landmarks/buildings and watching the river whilst the sun rises! We take a lot for granted.

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Sunset 25 July

15/08/21

Sunset 25 July 2021 - ANNA DINSDALE

A beautiful, surreal and serene experience. I had not realised the beautiful and eclectic mix of architecture and buildings around the city. It was so calm, could only hear the seagulls and a few cars about

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Sunrise 25 July

15/08/21

Sunrise 25 July 2021 - KASSIE MILCE

Absolutely amazing! The beautiful, bright red sun, when it first came up, was like an eye waking up to watch over the Earth. It made me think about early religions and why they worshipped the Sun.

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Sunset 24 July

15/08/21

Sunset 24 July 2021 - MICK TITE

Wow. What an extraordinary experience! Time went so fast – I’d thought it would drag but the half hour check seemed to come so quickly!

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Sunrise 24 July

15/08/21

Sunrise 24 July 2021 - EMMA PARKINSON

What a revealing experience – completely unexpected and a revelation about the surprising places your mind can drift.

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Sunset 23 July

15/08/21

Sunset 23 July 2021 - JAMIE COWPERTHWAITE

Looking at a city that I’ve lived in for most of my life from an angle that I never have was really special.

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Sunrise 23 July

15/08/21

Sunrise 23 July 2021 - ALLISON CUTHBERTSON

A tale of one city in two halves. To the east a tapestry of roof tops and colour in adverts and wall art.

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Sunset 22 July

15/08/21

Sunset 22 July 2021 - MARIE JOHNSON

Wonderful to see the signs of life between the still buildings.

Loved watching the ferry move across into the horizon.

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Sunrise 22 July

15/08/21

Sunrise 22 July 2021 - CATH DYSON

A really peaceful and calming experience. I loved the view of the sunrise and how impossible to see that the sun is staying still and we are moving.

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Sunset 21 July

15/08/21

Sunset 21 July 2021 - KERSTY SMITH

Wow! What an amazing experience. It was a real privilege to watch the sun set on my amazing city on my last birthday in my 30s.

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Sunrise 21 July

15/08/21

Sunrise 21 July 2021 - KRISTIN McGUIRE

It’s hard to stay present and just observe, even when the most beautiful sunrise should compel you to let go of your thoughts and just take it in.

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Sunset 20 July

15/08/21

Sunset 20 July 2021 - DEBBIE MOWFORTH

A glorious evening, the views are spectacular! Makes you grateful to be alive and thankful for such wonders!

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Sunrise 20 July

15/08/21

Sunrise 20 July 2021 - BEN NORTON

What a joy it is to have choice! To choose an hour of isolation was pure joy. But to be separated from loved ones as I and so many have over this past year has been wretched!

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Sunset 19 July

15/08/21

Sunset 19 July 2021 - BETH MACLEOD-BIRCH

The feeling of peace was the most surprising thing for me.

To watch my adopted home close down for the evening was a real privilege and a memory to treasure.

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Sunrise 19 July

15/08/21

Sunrise 19 July 2021 - SHAKIR SHAKIR

When you see the sun rising it is for all: the community, birds, animals.

Doesn’t rise for one. It is for all: Christians, Muslims, Hindus, all religions, all people!

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Sunset 18 July

15/08/21

Sunset 18 July 2021 - DANIEL COOK

It always amazes me just how small and flat Hull is to be a perfect cycling city, seeing the contrasts between Hull’s history and Hull’s future towards a digital future!

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Sunrise 18 July

15/08/21

Sunrise 18 July 2021 - SIMON BUTTON

I’ve seen the sunrise but never watched it.
I don’t think I’ve ever watched the city!

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Sunset 17 July

13/08/21

Sunset 17 July 2021 - PAUL RENNISON

My 73rd birthday.

An unforgettable experience!

My overwhelming feeling was of sadness at the lack of shipping on the Humber; saw only one vessel – Pride of Hull (Rotterdam).

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Sunrise 17 July

13/08/21

Sunrise 17 July 2021 - JAMIE COOPER

What an incredible experience!!

I was incredibly lucky to have a cloud-free, glorious morning which meant the rise of the sun was just belting.

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Sunset 16 July

13/08/21

Sunset 16 July 2021 - MATTHEW WALTON

This experience really made me think about the role the city plays in our lives, from the buildings and infrastructure to the green spaces and cultural venues. It made me think how amazing it is that all of this exists to serve people’s wants and needs.

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Sunrise 16 July

13/08/21

Sunrise 16 July 2021 - CLARE PITTAWAY

It was much more than what I expected. The sunrise was incredibly beautiful – starting with the smallest sliver of orange. Bathing the city inch by inch in orange light as it emerged over the horizon.

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Sunset 15 July

13/08/21

Sunset 15 July 2021 - SALLY FENBY

What a fabulous experience! Very clear, beautiful evening. Loved every minute of it! Had a band playing in Queens Gardens for part of my experience which was lovely and had the most amazing sunset for my final part of it!

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Sunrise 15 July

13/08/21

Sunrise 15 July 2021 - DONNA WILLIAMS

What a privilege to see such a huge fiery sun rise above the horizon in its full glory. I was emotional and felt so blessed. I ushered the day with a sun salutation, welcoming the warmth and depth of colour. St Swithin’s Day today but looks like no rain will drop.

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Sunset 14 July

13/08/21

Sunset 14 July 2021 - MARY KELLEHER

. . . And so, step by step the sun just slid behind the hills. It was a most unique and rewarding experience spending time just looking, watching and reflecting. Ironically, it was nature that grabbed me as much as anything.

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Sunrise 14 July

13/08/21

Sunrise 14 July 2021 - ROVERT SPIVEY

On entering the ‘Hut’ I could see the clouds sadly moving through the sky. I would be unable to see the sun this morning. As I watched the sky the patterns on the clouds changed; some dark, others blue and tinged with the red glow of the Sun fighting to escape the cloud cover.

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Sunset 13 July

13/08/21

Sunset 13 July 2021 - MARTIN STOREY

Funnily enough, the first thing I noticed was a working clock on one of the buildings behind the college! I did, however, serenely watch the ferry go out and disappear over the horizon.

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Sunrise 13 July

13/08/21

Sunrise 13 July 2021 - SHARON WORSNOP

What a privilege to have had that experience.

A city of two halves and even though I’m a West Hull girl – I was drawn to the East.

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Sunset 12 July

13/08/21

Sunset 12 July 2021 - EMMA WAUDBY

I remained silent for my vigil. The peace and silent noise was something my busy head needed. It was nice to take that moment of reflection in my life.

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Sunrise 12 July

13/08/21

Sunrise 12 July 2021 - RACHAEL BANKS

Watching and listening to the city through the mist, come slowly to life. I noticed parts of the city I’ve never noticed before – areas of wasteland, docks now disused, paths that cut through areas, parts of buildings never seen before.

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Sunset 11 July

13/08/21

Sunset 11 July 2021 - STUART CUTTS

Seeing the City on a football match night added something extra, from the near constant crowd noise to the occasional roar and car horns.

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Sunrise 11 July

13/08/21

Sunrise 11 July 2021 - DAVID LITTLEWOOD

Looking west, the city looks like a forest. It’s surprising how very green it is.

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Sunset 10 July

13/08/21

Sunset 10 July 2021 - MAURICE HOULDEN

I loved the way the city changed colours from being bright and vibrant to soft pastel colours to cold, dark, shadowy, faded colours as the sun set.

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Sunrise 10 July

13/08/21

Sunrise 10 July 2021 - SARAH DONKIN

The city was hiding from me this morning, shrouded in fog.

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Sunset 9 July

13/08/21

Sunset 9 July 2021 - ALISON IRWING

From the moment I entered the box until the second I left – I smiled!

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Sunrise 9 July

13/08/21

Sunrise 9 July 2021 - ANNE RICHARDS

A perfect sunrise,
A ball of fire emerged from the horizon,
Beautifully illuminating this new day.

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Sunset 8 July

13/08/21

Sunset 8 July 2021 - MICHELLE DEE

Extraordinary. Imagine if that was your job to stand watch over the city till somebody told you to stop. It’s like a task of a deity.

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Sunrise 8 July

13/08/21

Sunrise 8 July 2021 - JAMES EPWORTH

I really enjoyed the first part of the experience; walking to the box and acclimatizing to the height. It’s quite a view at first.

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Sunset 7 July

13/08/21

Sunset 7 July 2021 - KATE CLARK

Well what can I say . . . ?

Coming into this I was worried about my thoughts running away with themselves.

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Sunrise 7 July

13/08/21

Sunrise 7 July 2021 - MICHAEL ROGERS

What an incredible experience to watch the city wake up from stillness.

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Sunset 6 July

13/08/21

Sunset 6 July 2021 - ABDOU SARJO

Since I heard about the Vigil I decided I have to take part to do it.

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Sunrise 6 July

13/08/21

Sunrise 6 July 2021 - JAMES NAYLOR

A dreary and wet start to this Tuesday. However, this didn’t dampen my vigil.

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Sunset 5 July

13/08/21

Sunset 5 July 2021 - CHRIS HAWES

As I entered the hut the bells of the Minster were ringing and felt like an accompaniment to the start of the vigil.

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Sunrise 5 July

13/08/21

Sunrise 5 July 2021 - ZARA GOOD

As my wonderful Companion Janet pointed out, this dreary morning was darker than usual.

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Sunset 4 July

13/08/21

Sunset 4 July 2021 - ADAM PECKITT

When you’re left alone in an observation booth, you’re also left alone with your thoughts as well as noticing small details within the landscape that catch your eye.

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Sunrise 4 July

13/08/21

Sunrise 4 July 2021 - GRACE BURNETT

Having done the vigil, I think I am going to appreciate the city more. It was foggy to begin with but this soon cleared and the breath-taking views of the city emerged.

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Sunset 3 July

13/08/21

Sunset 3 July 2021 - ALISON MORRIS

Loved watching over the City at sunset, quite peaceful tonight as most people were indoors watching the England match!

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Sunrise 3 July

13/08/21

Sunrise 3 July 2021 - LAURA GREENDALE

There’s something quite magical about seeing your city wake up and come alive. It’s also fascinating to experience the stillness and notice what you become fixated on.

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Sunset 2 July

13/08/21

Sunset 2 July 2021 - ANITA BRIEN

Hull: a city connected. Connected by roads, pavements, ten foots, a river. Connected by its people: togetherness.

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Sunrise 2 July

13/08/21

Sunrise 2 July 2021 - MATT GREEN

There was darkness. Not as dark as I imagined. Not ‘pitch black’ but a murky blue atmosphere.

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Sunset 1 July

13/08/21

Sunset 1 July 2021 - STEPHEN MUNN

Loved the contrast of the two views – city centre planning v industrial sprawl.

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Sunrise 1 July

13/08/21

Sunrise 1 July 2021 - LAURA ANDREW

I began my vigil looking east, out across the smudgy grey brown city to a horizon filled with clouds.

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30th Sunset

07/08/21

Sunset 30 June 2021 - SARAH GREENLEY

I started my vigil towards the East, watching the Rotterdam Ferry sail past Paull Lighthouse before disappearing towards Spurn.

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30th Sunrise

07/08/21

Sunrise 30 June 2021 - ANETE SOODA (MARTINSONE)

An hour of unique opportunity to be present with the city – skyline, visible nooks and crannies, familiar streets and city waking up.

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29th June 2021 Sunset

07/08/21

Sunset 29 June 2021 - KEITH LEWIS

I was struck by how small the city looked.

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29th June Sunrise

07/08/21

Sunrise 29 June 2021 - GRAHAM CHESTERS

‘Lonely northern daughter’ was Larkin’s description of Hull. And that’s what it felt like as the city awoke: lorries and cars first, then the odd cyclist, and even odder pedestrian – and then the first buses (!).

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28th June Sunset

07/08/21

Sunset 28 June 2021 - JULIE SHAKESBY

The Vigil has offered me a bird’s eye view of my hometown Hull which I have never seen before. Streaky pinks tinged with soft yellows, seagulls swooping below me.

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28th June Sunrise

07/08/21

Sunrise 28 June 2021 - CHLOE PELLATT

What a blessing it is to be able to watch our city come to life. The sights, the smells, the sounds, sharing the sky with the birds.

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27th June Sunset

06/08/21

Sunset 27 June 2021 - CONSUELA TANASA

Such a unique experience! My vigil was quiet and peaceful during a lovely sunset. There was so much to see and enjoy and you almost feel like you’re floating on top of the city.

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Sunrise 27 June

06/08/21

Sunrise 27 June 2021 - PHIL BROADLEY

A unique opportunity to keep vigil over our great city.

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26th Sunset

06/08/21

Sunset 26 June 2021 - CHRIS WESTOBY

I started off thinking how proud I am to be from this beautiful city. It looks so green and the Humber so blue on this fine evening

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26  June Sunrise

06/08/21

Sunrise 26 June 2021 - WILLIAM MINCKE

No “Sun Rise” as such, just various shades of grey and blue growing lighter as the Vigil progressed. But a line of “brightness” to the east in the general direction of Hornsea. Just grey to the west.

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Sunset 25 June

03/08/21

Sunset 25 June 2021 - IRENE AKU AKWETEY NYANU

Oh, what a great privilege to have participated in UK’s first monumental performance; #TheHullVigil.

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Sunrise 25 June

03/08/21

Sunrise 25 June 2021 - NICOLE NICHTERN

What a privilege to watch the city of my birth slowly wake! To take time to breathe and take in the familiar sights. The buildings and streets ever-changing but at their heart the streets I have travelled constantly through my life.

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Sunset 24 June

03/08/21

Sunset 24 June 2021 - KATE MACDONALD

Looking over Queen’s Gardens, I felt echoes of all the events I’d experienced there. The angels flying from my vantage point in 2016 in our first taste of what was to come with the city of culture.

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Sunrise 24 June

03/08/21

Sunrise 24 June 2021 - JANE WRAY

At first I was restless wanting to look at everything across the city through both windows – and see the city I grew up in and is my home.

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Sunset 23 June

03/08/21

Sunset 23 June 2021 - KAREN VAN DIESEN

I understood why The Hull Vigil is a work of art. I felt like I was looking at a painting of a circular microcosm of the world. But the painting wasn’t still.

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Sunrise 23 June

03/08/21

Sunrise 23 June 2021 - JANET ANDERSON

WOW, WOW, Flippin’ WOW!!

Just love my city and having the opportunity to do the Vigil is amazing. Thanks for the opportunity.

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Sunset 22 June

03/08/21

Sunset 22 June 2021 - MIRANDA VAN ROSSUM

The first thing I noticed was the noise. Don’t know why, but I was expecting it to be so much quieter. Also – insects. Again, don’t know why I thought there wouldn’t be any up this high but there were plenty.

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Sunrise 22 June

03/08/21

Sunrise 22 June 2021 - MARGARET WEBSTER

What a different experience, away from everyone and yet to observe the goings on.

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Sunset 21 June

03/08/21

Sunset 21 June 2021 - LIZ RYMER

I am so happy and grateful for this experience. It has been cloudy all day and I fully expected it to be less dramatic than it could be, but as I stepped out the clouds had lifted and I was blessed with the most glorious sunset I could have wished for.

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Sunrise 21 June

03/08/21

Sunrise 21 June 2021 - STEVE HUBBARD

Summer Solstice. Blessed with an incredible sunrise. The sky was on fire.

My mind was racing; my family past and present; from my Grandad who worked on the docks (Benji) to my Mum’s Dad (Walt) worked at Turner’s (Everything But The Girl) – miss them. My Mum passed away at 50 (Pat).

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Sunset 20 June

03/08/21

Sunset 20 June 2021 - CARL BARNABY

As the sun sets on Fathers Day . . .

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Sunrise 20 June

03/08/21

Sunrise 20 June 2021 - RACHAEL KERR

I live with bipolar disorder which results in me having manic episodes especially in the Spring and Summer. I sleep very little at this time of year and I’m always looking for things to do during the early hours.

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Sunset 19 June

03/08/21

Sunset 19 June 2021 - KERI RENNISON

After a very difficult year, I wanted to feel connected after feeling emotionally disconnected. My vigil of watching over my city was peaceful and allowed for reflection and began to feel some connection.

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Sunrise 19 June

03/08/21

Sunrise 19 June 2021 - ELAINE PEARSON

My first thoughts as I entered the box were, ‘WOW! Queen’s Gardens looks so clean.’ Smiling at myself I then settle into my ‘Watch’. Looking over at Wilberforce I felt like he was going to turn around and smile.

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Sunset 18 June

03/08/21

Sunset 18 June 2021 - ADAM BURNHAM

A wet and miserable Friday night staring out over the city, only a pair of seagulls for company, not exactly an average evening that’s for sure.

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Sunrise 18 June

03/08/21

Sunrise 18 June 2021 - LYNN GARLAND-COLLINS

I really appreciate Hull now! The clash of architectural styles, the irregular designs, the individuality of every spare inch.

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Sunset 17th June

03/08/21

Sunset 17 June 2021 - SIMON STEVENS

In this current climate to have one hour in solitude without a Zoom meeting, a text, a call, a doorstep visit is unheard of.

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Sunrise 17th JUNE B

03/08/21

Sunrise 17 June 2021 - PAUL SLEIGHT

Loved it! Great to see over the City. So many memories and thoughts. Hull has some superb buildings.

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03/08/21

Sunset 16 June 2021 - DEBBIE MOWFORTH

After being a Companion, it is a totally different experience being a Vigil.

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03/08/21

Sunrise 16 June 2021 - ANNABEL TURPIN

Walking into the Vigil space I didn’t know what awaits. After spending the time watching the sunrise it made me think about all the different people in the city living individual lives but part of one huge picture.

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03/08/21

Sunset 15 June 2021 - Rob Pritchard

Looking over the City started as just looking for the landmarks. As time went on I started looking at the detail and how people interacted with their environment.

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03/08/21

Sunrise 15 June 2021 - David Webster

Where to start: even at this . . . . . hour the brain is very active. Only seven days to the longest day! The sun is just appearing well in the North East; just a light covering of clouds in the sky.

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21ST June sunset

29/07/21

Sunset 14 JUNE 2021 - Katy Stevens

When I first heard about The Hull Vigil, I instantly knew I would love to take part and hoped I would be one of the lucky ones to receive a place. Thankfully, I was and I was not disappointed.

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21ST JUNE SUNRISE

27/07/21

Sunrise 14 June 2021- Paul Benson

An amazing experience, watching the sun rise so quickly to light up the city and bring it to life.

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13th June SunSet

29/06/21

Sunset 13 June 2021- Mark Padley

A tranquil experience, a time to reflect, a gentle nudge to keep moving forward.

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29/06/21

Sunrise 13 June 2021 - Elizabeth Heywood

I was lucky to witness a spectacular sunrise over the city of Hull. It was magnificent, from windows burnt orange to hazy lemon, the rays spread out across as far as the eye could see.

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29/06/21

Sunset 12 June 2021 -Julia Brown

The River Humber, Craven Park a ghostly beacon as the sun caught it and in the distance the tower blocks on Ings and Bransholme.

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29/06/21

Sunrise 12 June 2021 - Paul Drant

Even after observing for some time, new things became apparent such as the old railway carriage being renovated in the yard below.

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11th June Sunset

29/06/21

Sunset 11 June 2021 - Keith Pinder

This was a wonderful experience and one I am so pleased to have been able to do.

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28/06/21

Sunrise 11 June 2021 - John Whitton

To spend an hour just in silence watching over the city was quite an experience. I

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28/06/21

Sunset 10 June 2021 - Rob Fillinger

An hour of free flow thought brings you to many people and places you may not have thought of for a long time.

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28/06/21

Sunrise 10 June 2021 - Mark Clayton

Hull. A green city. A hard-working city. My home.

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28/06/21

Sunset 9 June 2021 - Rachel Whittaker

When we all live in such a busy world the opportunity to have an hour to stand, watch, reflect – free from technology and other distractions was really quite special.

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28/06/21

Sunrise 9 June 2021 - Jenny Dimishky

Wonderful seeing the sunrise but so interesting too to be able to watch the shipping on the river.

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28/06/21

Sunset 8 June 2021 - Michelle Li

The minute you step in, you feel this jaw-dropping moment of the absolutely beautiful view

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28/06/21

Sunrise 8 June 2021 - Charlie Burkitt

I listened to the seagulls. I watched a couple of ships make their way up the Humber

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28/06/21

Sunset 7 June 2021 - Dave Lee

It’d rained about an hour before I went in, so I was very privileged to have an array of varied cloud formations framing the sunset.

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28/06/21

Sunrise 7 June 2021 - Tony Lau

I love sunrise. I like watching birds flying in the air, vehicles moving on the road and people riding bicycles in the street.

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20/06/21

Sunset 6 June 2021 - Alexandra Manole

Being above everything else was an extraordinary experience.

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20/06/21

Sunrise 6 June 2021 - Rachel Farr

I absolutely loved my experience of a sunrise vigil. Having an hour without the usual distractions and busyness of normal life where there is always something to do was fabulous.

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20/06/21

Sunset 5 June 2021 -Sean Azzopardi

Great to see the city from above. Watching the sun was a joy but also sobering.

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20/06/21

Sunrise 5 June 2021 - Simon Musgrove

East Hull covered in cloud so no sign of the sunrise but West Hull clear without a cloud in the sky.

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20/06/21

Sunset 4 June 2021 - Jan Fillinger

It’s amazing how much people miss if they keep looking at their feet and phones. The experience was amazing, time out in silence apart from some very surprised seagulls.

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20/06/21

Sunrise 4 June 2021 - Mark Cooper

A quiet, still morning with very little cloud except for a thin line on the eastern horizon.

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20/06/21

Sunset 3 June 2021 - Kyra Piperides

“All sense of being in a hurry gone.” – Philip Larkin

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20/06/21

Sunrise 3 June 2021 - Leanne Ayre

I recalled a proverb of how the sun has only one day. That each day is a new sun and so it was important to spend each day honouring that existence.

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20/06/21

Sunset 2 June 2021 - Anthony David Robinson

Awesome sunset.

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20/06/21

Sunrise 2 June 2021 - Maria Palafox

It is funny how being inside a wooden box on top of a building, overlooking the city at sunrise feels “back to normal”!

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20/06/21

Sunset 1 June 2021 - Dave Minns

Didn’t really know what to expect. I’ve seen 61 years of sunsets but never really on my own and with only my own internal dialogue to keep me company.

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20/06/21

Sunrise 1 June 2021 - Caron Mincke

I almost made myself sick with excitement thinking about the vigil.

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20/06/21

Sunset 31 May 2021 - Rachael Robinson

An overwhelming feeling of peace and quiet. Listening to the sounds of the city.

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20/06/21

Sunrise 31 May 2021 - Lizi Perry

Peaceful and still, looking down on the city it seemed almost as if everything was in miniature.

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20/06/21

Sunset 30 May 2021 - Shane Rhodes

I used to live in the top of a building. This reminded me of those times. From the window in the roof you could see people who never looked up and a crossroads of slow-moving traffic.

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20/06/21

Sunrise 30 May 2021 - Richard Windsor

What a unique experience and privilege.

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20/06/21

Sunset 29 May 2021 - Phil Bell

How lucky was I?? What a sunset, absolutely sensational.

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20/06/21

Sunrise 29 May 2021 - Ann-Marie Crook

Wow! What a sunrise! A ball of red emerging that turned to gold and sprinkled the city with spots of light as the city woke up.

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20/06/21

Sunset 28 May 2021 - Jayne Brewer

On entering my watch I felt a fear, panic, on seeing the Humber and familiar surroundings of Hull I relaxed

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20/06/21

Sunrise 28 May 2021 - Judith Hogg

The slow, undulating clouds which makes this vigil a moving work of art, depicting fish, star whales, mountains and trees all shot through with a gilding of gold and pink as SOL started to rise.

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20/06/21

Sunset 27 May 2021 - Ann Ware

Today is my birthday. I was rewarded for my hour in the box by a beautiful sundog.

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20/06/21

Sunrise 27 May 2021 - Charlotte Tomlinson

I came to the vigil to enjoy the view over the city. We so rarely get a chance to view Hull from above but going up to a rooftop bar or a viewpoint is one of the first things I do in any city I visit.

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20/06/21

Sunset 26 May 2021 - Julie Ashley

What a beautiful night. Very clear sky, still no wind. The Humber was very calm. I walked in to start my vigil and was suddenly very emotional .

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20/06/21

Sunrise 26 May 2021 - Claire Thompson

After the initial excitement and exhilaration my mind calmed and was able to take in everything in greater detail.

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20/06/21

Sunset 25 May 2021 - Angela Murray-Nag

Watching the rainbow fade over the River Hull and the P & O Ferry depart out along the Humber to Rotterdam, I felt this was a fitting farewell to my life in the city of Hull.

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20/06/21

Sunrise 25 May 2021 - Martin Winfield

Witnessed a great sunrise over Hull, an area I have lived in for over 70 years.

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20/06/21

Sunset 24 May 2021 - Ben Matthews

You forget how beautiful a view you can get when you are so high above everything and how far you can see.

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20/06/21

Sunrise 24 May 2021 - Jane Standen

The sun rose invisibly, behind cloud. A touch of pink cloud heralded its arrival – and then I found myself saying out loud, ‘There you are’ as the pale disc slid above the clouds and highlighted wet roofs and pools of water.

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20/06/21

Sunset 23 May 2021 - Amber Goodwin

The first thing that struck me is that it is so unusual to be above the birds, watching the seagulls flying to and fro.

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20/06/21

Sunrise 23 May 2021 - Emma Medley

Well, that was something. A lot to process. I feel as though I’ve just been part of something special . .

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20/06/21

Sunset 22 May 2021 - Emily Welham

It started off light and clear with a huge ominous dark cloud lurking in the distance.

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20/06/21

Sunrise 22 May 2021 - Zamzam Ziaei

The more I learnt about the project the more fond of it I became and now, having had the privilege to take part, I definitely have no regrets.

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20/06/21

Sunset 21 May 2021 - Laraine Hilton

Wow! Just wow. Who knew one hour could go so fast? I couldn’t decide what to watch first.

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20/06/21

Sunrise 21 May 2021 - Sarah Dennie

A privilege to be able to watch over the city waking up. It was busier than I expected and plenty of things to see.

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20/06/21

Sunset 20 May 2021- Margaret Wride

What a lucky lady I am to have an hour overlooking.

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20/06/21

Sunrise 20 May 2021 - Simon Leafe

I was so looking forward to this unique opportunity to appreciate the wonders of my home city and Hull did look amazing.

The view from the pod was overwhelming.

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20/06/21

Sunset 19 May 2021 - Sherrie Rhodes

WOW! What a privilege to have been stood in that box and enjoy such a mesmerising sunset.

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20/06/21

Sunrise 19 May 2021 - Jo Charlton

I wanted to do the Hull Vigil because it feels full of hope after what’s been a very difficult year – 15 months now – for all of us.

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20/06/21

Sunset 18 May 2021 - Nathan Simm

A joy to witness day turning to night from such a vantage point

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20/06/21

Sunrise 18 May 2021 - Richard Corbett

Glorious to see the sunrise, cloud and haze gives hues from red to blue, more like the sunrise on old sci-fi film of Mars the red planet.

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20/06/21

Sunset 17 May 2021 - Colin J Ward

It was a privilege to be able to look down on my city, a city I have lived in for more than seven decades. 

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20/06/21

Sunrise 17 May - David Wilberforce

My day of birth!

Took a while for my brain to quieten down but it did eventually.

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01/06/21

Sunset 16 May 2021 - Matthew Blowman

In a time and age where ‘free time’ is something as a luxury, having an hour to stop and think of the past, present and future is very special.

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01/06/21

Sunrise 16 May 2021 - Helen Robinson

Brilliant! Very cloudy and misty – so no sun seen for ages. East side of city seemed more awake than the centre. Reminded me of ‘Under Milk Wood’.

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01/06/21

Sunset 15 May 2021 - Kofi Smiles

I’m so lucky I don’t get hangovers. And I say that due to last night, meeting up with old and newish friends to sit in the rain (which we’re all totally OK with now it seems) to drink, talk, catch up and mainly laugh. Man, last night we laughed so, so much.

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01/06/21

Sunrise 15 May 2021 - Mark Kirby

Fantastic opportunity to see the city wake up and watch the light change.

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01/06/21

Sunset 14 May 2021 - Sean Alton

Stand still, listen. The humm of the passing cars as the city is getting ready for its slumber. What a treat for the eyes! To see the ferry sail away to our pals across Europe.

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01/06/21

Sunrise 14 May 2021 - Laura

In the box I thought about the people in Hull who’ve held me in their hearts in what has been a really difficult year for me.

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01/06/21

Sunset 13 May 2021 - Rhys Plater

Our city. All its history, culture, architecture, lights, movements and people all together from one view. The history it represents and the change it has gone through, and continues to do so.

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01/06/21

Sunrise 13 May 2021 - Adam Hawley

There was no particular thing that motivated me to do the vigil so I didn’t have any preconceptions or expectations. It sounded interesting. Awake at a time and a place quite unusual.

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01/06/21

Sunset 12 May 2021 - John Bark

There was a great contrast between East and West. The ever-changing clouds in the West and the almost dormant East.

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01/06/21

Sunrise 12 May 2021 - Janet Bark

I feel quite proud to be doing this vigil. Looking out at the sun’s rays did feel quite spiritual but I felt it was bringing the city to life

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01/06/21

Sunset 11 May 2021 - Kevin Glenton

I used to believe that Hull was like a box you had to escape from.

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01/06/21

Sunrise 11 May 2021 - Matthew Kempson

I initially signed up to be a Vigil quite simply to take advantage of the wonderful view across my adopted home of Hull. As an incomer I’ve grown to develop a love of the city, its history and its architecture.

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01/06/21

Sunset 10 May 2021 - Amy Pitt

Well, I thought I knew what I’d see but I was wrong. I thought I knew Hull but I was wrong. Fascinating is not the word. I said, “Wow,” to myself more times than I can remember.

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01/06/21

Sunrise 10 May 2021 - Alex Wood

I can’t say I had any lofty thoughts but it gave me a fresh perspective on the city I love – a living canvas.

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31/05/21

Sunset 9 May 2021 - Nick Yates

Standing just below the low, heavy, dark clouds I wasn’t expecting the most spectacular sunset – nor the most bustling of cities on a cool Sunday evening. But despite my reservations, there was something worth seeing on both counts.

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31/05/21

Sunrise 9 May 2021 - Ollie Mudd

The city is torn, undecided whether it wants to hold on to its cobbled streets and Gregorian houses or whether it wants to be a pioneer of green technology. Siemens will be this city’s legacy, I’m sure of it.

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31/05/21

Sunset 8 May 2021 - Emma Smyth

So many times over the years I’ve watched the Humber Bridge fade away in the rear view mirror and yet today, as the darkness rolled in, the Bridge became clearer. The gateway to my hometown, welcoming me, reminding me of why I’m here.

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31/05/21

Sunrise 8 May 2021 - Louise Kirby

In a world of uncertainty, another day dawned!

I wonder if anyone saw me keeping watch other than the birds at my eye level. William Wilberforce was facing away but I shared his view today.

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31/05/21

Sunset 7 May 2021 - Ruth Finlayson

A BEAUTIFUL EVENING WITH SUN, CLOUDS AND A PEEK OF RAIN.

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31/05/21

Sunrise 7 May 2021 - Tish Lamb

Who knew buses ran so early?!!! Seriously, I am not a morning person. I have seen many sunsets and not that many sunrises.

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31/05/21

Sunset 6 May 2021 - Emma Wilkinson

I’ve been to many vigils in my 55 years. They’re a time to contemplate, reflect and maybe think about possibilities.

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31/05/21

Sunrise 6 May 2021 - James

My experience was I’m sure very similar with others in that, it felt at times almost unquantifiable.

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31/05/21

Sunset 5 May 2021 - Sally Currie

I saw someone watching me so I watched them. Most of the other people I saw did not look up at all. I also saw a lot of clouds of many different shapes and formations. So that was good. Red sky at night is shepherd’s delight.

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31/05/21

Sunrise 5 May 2021 - Helen Stubbs

I was initially surprised how ‘beautiful’ the pod actually was. The view over the city is incredible. I worked for over 20 years at the Old Queens Gardens police station so lots of memories here.

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31/05/21

Sunset 4 May 2021- Gavin Bowie

SILENTLY WE WATCH AND WAIT. A CITY OF INSPIRATION AND HOPE FOR ALL TO EMBRACE AND LOVE.

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31/05/21

Sunrise 4 May 2021 - Dom Fellowes

Stillness. A passive participation. Taking in the view that Wilberforce sees daily. Thinking about the past and looking towards the future. The ferry coming in to port. Taking and embracing the moment that the VIGIL has given me. LOVE HULL.

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31/05/21

Sunset 3 May 2021 - Julie Corbett

Standing towards the east I was pleased how far I could see. The furthest buildings were the three flats on Valiant Drive, Bilton Grange Estate. Those linked me to my Grandfather who was a trawlerman.

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16/05/21

10 minutes with Sean Alton - Freedom Festival Arts Trust Ambassador and The Hull Vigil Companion.

Sean was one of our first companions taking part in the Hull Vigil and we were keen to find out why he wanted to take part and what exactly the role of the companion is.

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02/05/21

Keeping watch over the city: The Hull Vigil begins

At 7.30pm tomorrow (Monday 3 May) a 365-day Vigil will begin in Hull as the sun sets and a Vigil keeps a silent watch over the city from inside a glass and wooden shelter located on the rooftop of Hull College.

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21/04/21

Built by the city for the city

Hull Esteem and its partners have joined forces with Freedom Festival to bring The Hull Vigil to life through generous donations of time, expertise and resources.

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11/03/21

From Munich to Hull!

The Munich Vigil began at sunset on 12 December 2020. This performance will run until 12 December 2021, so will overlap with The Hull Vigil connecting the two cities through a shared international experience.

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02/03/21

Hull you're amazing!

At 10am on 1 March 2021, we opened the bookings for The Hull Vigil and in seven hours and seven minutes all of the 730 places had been reserved.

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25/02/21

Will you be taking part in The Hull Vigil?

From 10am on 1 March 2021 you can reserve your place by signing up to The Hull Vigil.

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17/12/20

The opening of The Munich Vigil

Connecting Hull with Munich! The Munich Vigil begins.

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09/12/20

Performances bring hope and optimism to Hull

Freedom Festival announces spring programme.

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