'Why I'm backing Plymouth's City of Culture bid' - Gary Streeter
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 Gary Streeter MP lends his support to the campaign.
When I first came to Plymouth in 1979 it would have been unthinkable to apply for city of culture status: a somewhat sterile naval/dockyard town greeted us.
What a transformation since then: the renowned Theatre Royal and Drum, home to so many outstanding performances; the Pavilions where we took the kids to see Kylie Minogue and which attracts bands and singers to suit every taste and age group; the Barbican theatre where so many would-be thespians cut their teeth; the pulsating restaurant and cafe life, the vibrancy that the growing student population continues to bring, the hustle and bustle of the cinemas and clubs.
Major events from international firework competitions to the Lord Mayor's Parade; the rich diversity that so many people from other nations have brought – I think especially of the exquisite dance and musical events put on by the South Asian Society; the dynamic role played by the churches and other faith groups in our city's life; the street life, the waterfront, the voluntary sector.
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Just take a glance at the events signposted daily in The Herald – Plymouth is becoming an ever beating drum of cultural expression and activity.
Plymouth City of Culture 2017 – why not?