Top level support for City of Culture bid
THE BID for Plymouth to be branded City of Culture has attracted attention from Westminster.
Shadow Culture Minister Dan Jarvis MP visited the city to hear from those spearheading the campaign.
And Mr Jarvis said he felt "inspired" by Plymouth's drive and ambition.
After a meeting at Council House, Mr Jarvis said: "I'm confident they'll be able to put together a winning bid. There are a number of compelling reasons that the City of Culture should come here. It would be a wonderful thing for the city if they were successful.
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"I've been inspired by the passion that there obviously is here. The bid looks great, it would be hugely beneficial for Plymouth and I really do wish this city the best of luck."
Mr Jarvis is confident the advantages would stretch beyond 2017.
He added: "There's a huge benefit from being the City of Culture; there's an obvious economical benefit; it's a great place to live and it'll showcase that and bring people in from outside and for the young people who live here it's a wonderful opportunity."
Among those who greeted Mr Jarvis were council leader Tudor Evans, deputy leader Peter Smith, Alison Seabeck MP and representatives from Plymouth Culture Board.
Cllr Evans said: "We wanted Mr Jarvis to see what a fantastic city we have, to hear about our exciting and ambitious plans and take that back to Westminster."
Plymouth City Council and Plymouth University have both agreed to contribute £20,000 each towards the expression of interest on the basis that this funding is matched by the Culture Board working with the private sector.
The bid for City of Culture 2017 will be submitted in April. The winner will be announced in December.