Warrington is among eleven locations around the country which have submitted bids to be named the UK City of Culture for 2021, with the promise of a year of cultural attractions and a potential multi-million pound boost to their local economies.
The winner, to be announced in December, will be the third holder of the title – following Londonderry in 2013 and Hull this year.
The list of other contenders includes Coventry, Hereford, Paisley, Perth, Portsmouth, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland, Swansea, Wells and St Davids – the UK’s smallest city – which has registered an application including the surrounding rural area of the Hundred of Dewisland. The field of 11 contenders will be whittled down to a shortlist in the summer says Culture Minister Matt Hancock,
The Heritage Lottery Fund announced it was committing £3 million to each successful bidder from 2021 onwards to boost local heritage.
Hull’s City of Culture year, which kicked off with a massive fireworks display on January 1, is forecast to deliver a £60 million boost to the local economy. And the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. said the city has also benefited from £1 billion in investment since winning the title in 2013.
It was only in September 2015 that Warrington was named one of Britain’s worst place for Culture , before rising 24 places. The town currently stands as the 296th best area in the Heritage Index compared to its overall ranking of 320 last year out of the 325 areas assessed.
Warrington South MP David Mowat is among the politicians that are confident Warrington can secure the 2021 title.
“That said, if Hull can be a City of Culture, I’m sure Warrington can.”
David Mowat (Warrington Guardian 25th Jan 2017)
At [WAM], when it comes to Culture, our passion is for live music, with reports of another Music Venue in the town closing this week, there is certainly more that Warrington can do!
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Warrington for 2021 City of Culture? Town prepares to announce itself on ‘world stage’ after launching bid (Warrington Guardian)
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