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Hear schoolchildren sing the new Anthem for Leicester

Youngsters from a Leicester school have debuted a new song backing the City of Culture 2017 bid.

Children from Stoneygate College, Leicester, are hoping their song will give the city's bid a rousing send-off before it goes to the government to be considered on Monday.

The song was written by headmaster Paul Hitchcock, who wrote it using ideas from the school pupils.

Children sing their support for City of Culture bid

Children from a Leicester primary school are singing their support for their hometown's City of Culture 2017 bid with the specially-written Anthem for Leicester.

The youngsters, from Stoneygate College, are hoping their song will give the city's bid a rousing send-off before it goes to the government to be considered on Monday.

Children from Stoneygate College have sung a new Anthem for Leicester Credit: ITV News Central

The song was written by school headmaster Paul Hitchcock and was debuted in front of an audience for the first time today.

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City Festival budget reduced amid budget cuts

This year's City Festival in Leicester is a combination of several other events which were previously held separately, as the city council seeks to save tens of thousands of pounds.

The festival budget this year has been cut to £308,500 from £366,500 in 2012.

Next year, the budget will be reduced even more, down to £288,500.

Music and dancing as Leicester City Festival opens

Live music, Chinese dragon dancing and sports coaching sessions will fill the streets of Leicester as a two-day festival kicks off over the Bank Holiday.

The Leicester City Festival is an amalgamation of celebrations already held in the city, along with a number of new events.

Traditional Chinese dragon dancing will form part of the entertainment at Leicester's City Festival Credit: Julien Behal/PA

Humberstone Gate West and Gallowtree Gate will Sports Fest throughout the day today, offering coaching sessions in basketball, football and boxing.

Community groups and clubs will hold a celebration in the market, while the Journeys Festival will set up for two days as part of a tour of the East Midlands, featuring art, drama, music and poetry from refugees.

Video: Full report on Leicester's 2017 City of Culture bid countdown

There are only two months left for Leicester to finalise its bid to become UK city of culture in 2017. It's one of a shortlist of four, competing for the title, which would boost the local economy by millions of pounds.

Andy Bevan has been to see how the bid team is getting on - and examines what the city has to offer, that could make it a winner.

Attenborough: 'delight' over Leicester culture bid

Lord Attenborough grew up in Leicester Credit: Fiona Hanson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Actor and director Richard Attenborough has said he is "delighted" that Leicester is in the running to be named UK City of Culture in 2017.

The city is one of four which has been shortlisted and will find out in November if it has won.

In a message to City Mayor Peter Soulsby, Lord Attenborough said: “I am utterly delighted that Leicester has been short listed.

“I remain passionately convinced as to the outstanding merits of the city’s bid and of their ability to deliver a uniquely dazzling year, commensurate with the thrilling opportunities that such an honour would confer.”

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