Hull in bid for 2017 City of Culture status
Hull has put its name forward to become the UK City of Culture in 2017.
There are 11 cities in the running for the title, Culture Minister Ed Vaizey announced today.
Hull's rivals include Aberdeen, Dundee, East Kent, Plymouth and Southend on Sea.
Mr Vaizey said: "This is fantastic news and shows the appetite for the prestigious City of Culture title is in healthy supply right across the length and breadth of the country. "The competition brings together communities and creates economic and social benefits and I am pleased to see so many local authorities and different partners coming together.
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"I wish all 11 the best of luck."
The cities now have until Tuesday, April 30, to submit an initial bid.
It will be considered by an independent advisory panel chaired by Phil Redmond.
The panel will then decide on a shortlist, due to be announced in June.