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Adrian Van-Klaveren Adrian Van-Klaveren | 17:31 UK time, Friday, 23 October 2009

The 5 live igloo in Queen Victoria Square, Hull

We're almost two thirds of the way through the Octoberfest in Hull. It's been another day of fascinating stories on-air and lots of activity round our igloo in the centre of Hull. I spent most of the morning at the St Stephen's Shopping Centre in the city where Shelagh Fogarty was presenting the mid-morning programme.

We thought we'd take the pulse of the economy, talking to shoppers, retailers and small business-owners on the day it was widely predicted the recession would be officially over. Of course that's not what the figures ended up showing and, as we heard from some of Hull's unemployed and from someone recently made bankrupt, you could tell the scale of the economic problems many people are facing.

One of 5 live's key aims is to bring our audience different stories and different voices from around the UK - this was a great example of how we can actually do that.

But we've reflected many other aspects of life too - from films with Mayo and Kermode to the latest talking points in an area which is passionate about sport. And we've got lots more sporting discussion to come as Colin Murray presents tonight's 5 live sport from Hull as well as tomorrow's Fighting Talk (including a debut by Former Hull City legend Dean Windass). We'll finish with a crucial match at the KC Stadium as Hull City meet Portsmouth.

And in our city centre igloo we're preparing for Saturday - likely to be our busiest day. If you're anywhere near Hull, do come along and see us.

Adrian Van Klaveren is Controller of BBC Radio 5 live and 5 live Sports Extra

  • Thanks to Richard Bacon for the photo of the 5 live igloo in Queen Victoria Square, Hull.



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