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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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