Icy cold rain was falling heavily as we headed into our city's centre late Friday afternoon. The city of Hull has stepped into its year as City of Culture on January 1, 2017, and has done so with a bang. Fireworks with a light show were on offer New Year's Day but free tickets to the firework display were limited and so was public transport into the city.
The Made in Hull light show is a free event staged at a handful of locations across the city centre but only running until January 7.
We could have delayed our visit till Saturday January 7 but opted to brave the cold and wet Friday to make sure we did not miss out.
The lightshow in Victoria Sqaure was the most impressive. With lights, sounds and music a snapshot of the city and some of its life-changing and best bits was crammed into a ten minute show.
Like many people we waited in the rain as the clock ticked down to the next show, chilled and wet to the core.
But it was well worth the wait.
We then made our way along Whitefriargate toward the other outdoor shows on offer. Crowds of people bustled along in a cheerful friendly way in spite of the dire weather. Whitefriargate has rarely been so busy, if ever on a cold wet January evening.
Footage taken is hit and miss. Taken via IPad the rain and cold took its toll but we captured a taste of the events.
With ten minutes between each light show the clock was ticking down.
The crowd gradually grew and so did the number of umbrellas.
From across the River Hull we watched a light show projected onto The Deep.
It counted down from the mid 19th Century to 2017 with Hull's fishing heritage and links to the sea featured.
The show runs for around 10 minutes.
There were plenty of stewards and volunteers on duty to assist visitors to the city.
The location of each event is a mixed bag. It involves a fair bit of walking about sometimes in poorly lit areas.
While Made in Hull light show has brought visitors into the city the timing of 4-7pm means limited increased trade. Pubs in the areas, many also serving food, were probably the biggest winners.
Overall it was a great success with very enjoyable events.
If you are vsiting Saturday Jnauary 7, the last day of the light shows;