'Why I'm backing Plymouth's City of Culture bid' - Lynne Mashhadi
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 Lynne Mashhadi, co-founder of inplymouth.com, lends her support to the campaign.
Plymouth is a city that is waiting to be rediscovered, full of talent but waiting in the wings for decades.
The UK City of Culture 2017 bid could be Plymouth's 'X Factor'. Plymothians know that Plymouth is full of talented people and is an amazing place to live and work, but we need recognition from the wider world. The UK City of Culture bid could be our talent competition and our chance to show what Plymouth is made of. It could be our chance to showcase the many things that make Plymouth great; from our illustrious history to our go-getting university, from our marine expertise to our many enthusiastic small businesses.
Tom Daley and Chris and James Tanner have achieved national recognition, but do people in other parts of the country realise that they are based in Plymouth? Do Londoners or Mancunians realise that in addition to Tom and the Tanners, Scott of the Antarctic, Nancy Astor, Sir Francis Drake, Beryl Cook, Dawn French and Robert Lenkiewicz all have strong associations with Plymouth too?
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The UK City of Culture bid is our opportunity to make people realise that Plymouth isn't a grey dreary pile of fifties architecture, but Britain's Ocean City, the jewel in Devon's crown and the gateway to Cornwall.
Fame is waiting in the wings for Plymouth, so lets all get behind our great city and support its bid.