Hull's no 'dump' and City of Culture title CAN be ours
CIVIC leaders in Hull are in buoyant mood over the city's chances of becoming the 2017 City of Culture.
Last week, the city was confirmed among ten others in contention by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).
But the first blows were landed last week when the Conservative MP for rival Southend-on-Sea David Amess,claimed some of those who put in a bid were "absolute dumps" and "wouldn't know culture if it was put in front of them".
Hull councillors, though, insist everything is in place for a strong challenge.
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Portfolio holder for culture, Terry Geraghty, said: "We have a situation where, last year, we had the Da Vinci and Hockney exhibitions, while the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra said Hull had one of the best venues it had played in.
"We have also had many sporting events, including athletics, boxing and table tennis.
"There is a lot going for this city and we are very confident."
Councillor Geraghty also reacted angrily to the comments by Mr Amess, although the MP has since tried to distance himself from them.
"It's absolutely disgraceful that someone representing the people can say something like this about places in the country," said Cllr Geraghty.
"It shows he is stuck in his little closet in the House of Commons.
"There is a lot of competition and we always new it was going to be tough.
"All the candidates have their different attractions but we feel we have enough to win."
Councillor Steve Bayes, Hull's portfolio holder for economic regeneration and employment, is providing the political lead on Hull's bid. He said: "We are the only place in Yorkshire competing and the most northern city in England.
"All the cities have their strengths and weaknesses but we have every chance.
"What we won't do is get into a slagging match with other places."