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County Durham makes shortlist in City of Culture Bid

County Durham has made the shortlist, along with three other cities, in the race to become UK City of Culture.

County Durham, the first county to ever enter the competition, is now in the shortlist alongside Bradford, Southampton and Wrexham.

A different location is awarded the title of City Of Culture every 4 years. The winner of the 2025 bid will take over the title from previous winner Coventry.

Winning UK City of Culture could bring thousands of jobs and opportunities to the people of County Durham.

Counselor Amanda Hopgood from Durham County Council Said "We are absolutely thrilled. Our success at making it this far is of course testament to our county’s incredible heritage, landscapes and vibrant cultural offer. However, I think it is our ambition, and our tradition of coming together to achieve something incredible, that really set us apart. Securing this title would place our extraordinary people and places at the heart of an unforgettable and inclusive programme of events and activities.”

The shortlisted locations will be reviewed and visited by a judging panel in May ahead of the final announcement. It is estimated that winning the title would see a spend of £41.5 Million spend, with 50% of contracts going to local suppliers. It would also attract over 15 million visitors to the County with cultural events and attractions.

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