Swansea Bay loses City of Culture bid

Swansea Bay has lost out to Hull in its bid to become the UK City of Culture 2017. Dundee and Leicester, were also in the running for the prestigious title.

Michael Sheen: Swansea Bay 'deserves' to win City of Culture 2017

Hollywood actor, Michael Sheen, has been 'cwtching' the bid for Swansea Bay. Credit: PA

Port Talbot-born actor, Michael Sheen, is just one of the many celebrities who have been backing Swansea's City of Culture 2017 bid and says that it is the people of Swansea Bay 'who make the region what it is'.

The actor who has starred in films such as 'The Queen' and 'Frost/Nixon' has been blogging about his support for the region:

"Culture for us here in Swansea Bay is the ordinary – it is our way of life, it defines us and we define it. But what is ordinary for us here in Swansea Bay, I believe is extraordinary for others.

"Our outstanding scenery, our proud industrial past; our cultural assets; our creative, clever, resourceful people; our premier sporting achievements – all of these things provide a unique culture which I am extremely proud to be a part of."

The winner of the UK City of Culture 2017 will be announced tomorrow.

Winner of City of Culture 2017 to be announced tomorrow

Swansea Bay is competing against three other regions. Credit: PA

The winner of the UK City of Culture 2017 will be announced tomorrow with Swansea Bay, Hull, Dundee and Leicester all in the running for the prestigious award.

All four of the finalists have been to Derry, the current UK City of Culture to give their final submissions to the judging panel ahead of this week's announcement.

The bid has already received support from celebrities such as Michael Sheen, Russell T Davies and Melanie Walters.

Swansea Council estimate winning the title could bring in £70m to the local economy.

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Swansea Bay is competing against three other places Credit: ITV News Wales

All four finalists are in Derry today and tomorrrow to make their final submissions to the judging panel of the 2017 City of Culture.

Swansea Bay, along with Hull, Dundee and Leicester are all in the running for the prestigious title.

The announcement of the winning bid will be made on 20th November.

The Swansea Bay organisers have received celebrity backing from Welsh Hollywood actor Michael Sheen.

Swansea Council estimate winning the title could bring in £70m to the local economy.

Culture secretary Maria Miller told ITV News:

"The UK City of Culture scheme gives communities the opportunity to come together and to be able to really understand what makes them unique - that's the power of the scheme and I wish Swansea every bit of luck"

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