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Bids in for UK City of Culture

Four places in the South and South East have put their names forward to become the UK City of Culture in 2017.

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'The winner will be the most passionate' - Ed Vaizey on Culture bids

Four of the eleven areas bidding to become the UK City of Culture for 2017 are in our region.

Portsmouth and Southampton have launched a joint bid. As have Hastings and Bexhill in Sussex. Southend in Essex is also a contender.

While Ashford, Canterbury, Dover, Folkestone and Thanet have clubbed together for an East Kent entry. The shortlist will be announced in June. Minister for Culture Ed Vaizey MP told us what would make a winning bid.

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