WARRINGTON’S bid to become City of Culture 2021 shows the ambition of the town and if successful will bring huge economic benefits.
Cllr Dan Price, who is chairing the bid team said: “We’re bidding for City of Culture because we are ambitious for Warrington – and why wouldn’t we be? Not only are we transitioning to become a New City, but over the next few years, we’re spending more than £100m improving the town centre and culture is fundamental to this transformation.
“There’s a strong economic case for investing in culture. Hull’s brought in £30m of extra funding and more than double that indirectly – just imagine what could be achieved in a thriving economy like Warrington.
“We’ve got a lot going on – we’ve just not been great at shouting about it. The initial response has been brilliant and I’d encourage everyone to get behind the bid. Now’s our chance to tell the country what Warrington’s really made of!”
As reported by warrington-worldwide yesterday, Warrington is one eleven towns and cities who have now put their names forward to become UK City of Culture in 2021.
Joining Warrington are Perth, Paisley, Stoke, Sunderland, Coventry, Hereford, Portsmouth, Wells, Swansea and the smallest city in Britain, St Davids.
The winning city will succeed Hull, which is the City of Culture for 2017.
The Heritage Lottery Fund has pledged to give £3m to the winning city.
All final bids need to be submitted by the end of April. A shortlist will be announced in July and the winning city named in December.
The bid has received a mainly positive response on social media and appears to have strong support from the business community.
- While Warrington is not yet a city it qualifies on size of population and in economic surveys.
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