Hastings council has submitted a bid to be named the UK City of Culture 2017.
Council leader Cllr Jeremy Birch said: "The Hastings area is becoming a cultural beacon in the South East and nationally, and we have every justification aiming for the city of culture status in four years time. This town is on the way up; let the whole country recognise that."
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The Government scheme would benefit those aged under 40 but will only run for five years.
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