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County Council Backs City of Culture Bid

Stoke-on-Trent’s bid to become City of Culture 2021 is being backed by Staffordshire County Council, the latest organisation to show it’s support.

Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County Council added his support to the City’s campaign.

Philip said: “Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent have always been closely linked and are steeped in history with a proud and rich heritage going back many years. I am delighted to support the City with their bid to become City of Culture. Any successful destination benefits from a vibrant city culture. We have seen the recent success of Hull and how the area has been regenerated and its reputation transformed. Winning the accolade would not only be great for the city but would also be great for Staffordshire and the surrounding area. This would also help to create even more jobs not just in the culture and tourism sectors, but also through attracting more inward investment in terms of companies being attracted by the areas offer for their employees and customers.”

Graeme Whitehead (Enjoy Staffordshire), Richard Swancott (Enjoy Staffordshire), Abi Brown, Phillip Atkins and Andrea Sammons (Enjoy Staffordshire). Enjoy Staffordshire is the organisation that promotes tourism in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

Abi Brown, Deputy Leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Chair of the Bid added: “Winning UK City of Culture 2021 will not only bring hundreds of new jobs, millions of pounds worth of investment and a new story for Stoke-on-Trent but it will bring huge benefits to the rest of the county and surrounding areas. It is great news to see Staffordshire County Council get behind the bid and we look forward to working with them to help make our bid a success.”

Also in the running with Stoke on Trent are Perth, Paisley, Sunderland, Coventry, Hereford, Warrington, Portsmouth, Wells, Swansea and the smallest city in Britain, St Davids.

The winner will succeed Hull which is City of Culture 2017, and the Heritage Lottery Fund has pledged to give £3m to the winning city. Final bids must be submitted by the end of April with a shortlist announced in July and the winning city named in December.

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