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Located at the point where the River Hull joins the Hull estuary is the city of Hull, or Kingston upon Hull to give it its full name. The cobbled streets of the city's Old Town takes visitors back to days gone by. The city's Museums Quarter is home to a number of free museums and tells visitors the story of the city's past.
The city hosts a number of festivals each year. The Humber Mouth literature festival is held annually as is the Hull Jazz Festival which takes place around the Marina for a week at the beginning of August. A recent additional to Hull's festival scene is the 2008 founded Freedom Festival which is an annual free arts and live music event. Performers have included Pixie Lott, JLS and Martha Reeves and the Vandellas.
In October there is the annual Hull Fair which is one of Europe's largest travelling funfairs and is held on land adjacent to the KC Stadium.
As Hull is the largest town in the East Riding of Yorkshire it has developed into a good transport hub and destination for the region's shoppers. The city centre has three main shopping centres: St. Stephen's, Princes Quay and the Prospect Centre.
Located in the county of West Yorkshire, the city of Wakefield is at the centre of the United Kingdom's communications network with excellent transport links by road, rail and air to the rest of the United Kingdom. The Pennines lie to the west of the city which itself is located on the River Calder.
Local bus services are provided by Arriva and Stagecoach who offer passengers destinations throughout the city and beyond. A free city bus service is provided by Metro and the Council and is available in the city centre. The bus operates throughout the day on a circular route linking Wakefield's two train stations, the bus station and the main shopping areas.
The site of a battle during the Wars of the Roses and a Royalist stronghold during the Civil War, Wakefield developed in spite of setbacks to become an important market town and centre for wool, exploiting its position on the navigable River Calder to become an inland port. During the 18th century Wakefield continued to develop through trade in corn, coal mining and textiles, and in 1888 its parish church, with Saxon origins, acquired cathedral status.