Why we must say yes to Derry’s Culture City bid
Belfast Telegraph unites the people in support of our campaign to win title
The Belfast Telegraph today delivers a resounding message that people across Northern Ireland are united in support of Londonderry’s bid to be named UK City of Culture 2013.
The Maiden City’s attempt to win the title reaches a crucial phase today when the final bid is handed over to a panel of judges in Manchester before it is forwarded to Minister for Culture Ed Vaizey. Derry is facing competition from Birmingham, Norwich and Sheffield for the culture crown but it is hoped that the unprecedented groundswell of support for the local bid will help it overcome the larger cities.
If Derry is named City of Culture it is anticipated the title will bring huge employment and funding benefits for the city and raise its profile across the world as a tourist location.
The council bid will highlight the city’s rich musical, artistic and cultural traditions and heritage, as well as stressing how the bid has united people in support across the province.
The Belfast Telegraph has been at the heart of the Derry effort through our ‘Back the Bid’ campaign which has raised public awareness and helped to deliver a wave of celebrity support.
The woman tasked with delivering the Maiden City’s final bid to the judges today has thanked the Telegraph’s readers across the province.
Derry City Council’s temporary director of development Oonagh McGillion said: “We are delighted with the support from the Telegraph. It means an awful lot in terms of the extra publicity and raising awareness about the bid and what the city has to offer.”
Ms McGillion was due to receive a major send-off from local schoolchildren today as she departed with the freshly printed bid and the city’s hopes of success.
She said: “It is really exciting that we have got to this stage. An awful lot of work has gone into the preparation for this bid. People have got so energised behind it and the level of interest has been brilliant.”
After the bid is delivered today the Derry team will deliver a presentation in Liverpool next month before a final decision is revealed by the Culture Minister in July.