Southend fails City of Culture bid

Southend has failed to make the short list for City of Culture 2017.

Dundee, Hull, Leicester and Swansea Bay are the chosen four.

The announcement by Culture Minister Ed Vaizey follows a meeting of the independent advisory panel chaired by Phil Redmond at which a total of eleven bids were considered.

Mr Vaizey said: "I want to congratulate the four shortlisted cities who have made it this far, and indeed all eleven cities who put time and great effort into submitting bids."