Talks over Plymouth's bid to be UK City of Culture 2017
A DELEGATION has held talks with a cabinet minister about Plymouth’s bid to be the UK City of Culture in 2017.
The meeting was held with Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt in his Whitehall office.
Conservative MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport Oliver Colvile was accompanied by Theatre Royal chief executive Adrian Vinken, and Professor Andrew Brewerton from Plymouth College of Art, to lobby the Secretary of State.
Mr Colvile said afterwards: “He fully understands that we have a good story to tell.”
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Other cities said to be considering vying for the title in five years’ time include Leicester, Derby, and Aberdeen.
The UK City of Culture project was launched by the government after Liverpool was the European Capital of Culture in 2008.
Derry/Londonderry in Northern Ireland was named as the UK’s first City of Culture ahead of bids from Birmingham, Norwich and Sheffield.
It will host a huge number of events next year as the ‘City of Culture’.
Experts believe the accolade will create up to 3,000 jobs in the Londonderry area and provide a massive boost to tourism.