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Watch: Liam Neeson backs Belfast and Derry's European Capital of Culture bid

Liam Neeson has thrown his support behind the joint Belfast and Derry City and Strabane European Capital of Culture bid for 2023.

The Ballymena actor said in a video voicing his support: "I'm backing the Belfast and Derry bid to become European Capital of Culture 2023 - you better believe it."

The clip was tweeted from the official WeAre2023 account on Friday.

A joint bid by both cities to secure the title was launched back in July by the Lord Mayor of Belfast Nuala McAllister and Derry City and Strabane District Council Mayor Maoliosa McHugh.

The European Capital of Culture has run since 1985, and - despite last year's Brexit vote - will go to a UK-based city in 2023, with Bristol, Dundee, Leeds, Milton Keynes, Truro and Nottingham also in the competition.

The winning city will be announced in 2018.

Derry previously held the title of UK Capital of Culture in 2013.

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