'Why I'm backing Plymouth's City of Culture bid' - Alison Seabeck
Plymouth is bidding to be named UK City of Culture 2017. We are asking the people of the city to speak up to support the move. Today Alison Seabeck, MP for Plymouth Moor View, lends her support to the campaign.
So many cities have been revitalised and given an economic uplift because of investment into cultural industries. Whether it is Gateshead, Manchester or Glasgow, all have seen redundant areas enhanced and visitor numbers increase because of their commitment to the arts.
Plymouth can, and must, take the opportunity of the City of Culture bid and use it to further tempt people into the city. We have so much to offer whether through our theatre, gig venues, arts community, museums and historic buildings and we can do more.We have had a strong artistic history from Sir Joshua Reynolds through to Beryl Cook. Plymouth has been at the centre of so many important historic events – Francis Drake and the Armada, Captain Cook left from Plymouth, the Pilgrim Fathers and the armed forces departed for D-Day from our shores.
Our waterfront is second to none but we have to make much more of it and the City of Culture bid offers opportunities.
The publicity we will get from simply putting ourselves forward is significant and winning would without a doubt bring economic benefits from which we can all benefit.