Nadine hoping for a home win
Londonderry's bid to be named UK City of Culture will have the backing of its most |famous daughter — Nadine Coyle.
A letter of support from the Girls Aloud superstar will be delivered as part of the submission bid from the city which is being handed over in Manchester today.
The pop beauty, who took a break from recording her debut album in the US to record the message backing her native city, is the latest in a long line of celebrities to give their endorsement.
The 24-year-old, who has a string of number one albums and singles under her belt, has spoken often about her love for Derry.
Despite her phenomenal success Nadine has never forgotten her roots. She fought for years before Girls Aloud were finally given the green light to perform in the city in a series of sell-out gigs at the Millennium Forum.
The bid, which is handed over today, will also include letters of support from a range of other celebrities including Anne Robinson, Gabriel Byrne, Ciaran McMenamin, Brendan Gleeson, James Nesbitt, Bronagh Gallagher, Feargal Sharkey, Snow Patrol, The Undertones, Darron Gibson and Seamus Heaney.
Support from across Ireland and the US has flooded in this week, with the American special envoy to Northern Ireland Declan Kelly hosting events in Dublin, while Lord Mayor of Belfast Naomi Long and the First and Deputy First Ministers backing the bid in Belfast this week. Meanwhile, the managing director of Belfast International Airport, John Doran, has described the bid as a “great opportunity” to boost the city’s profile.
Mr Doran said every effort should be made by both public and private sectors to ensure the Maiden City comes out ahead of the opposition in the shortlisted group.