Culture Minister Ed Vaizey says cities will benefit from taking part in the bidding to become 2017 Capital of Culture.
"It tends to bring together cultural organisations together with the city council, together with local communities"
"I would certainly say the winning bid shouldn't be one that's a top-down bid written in the city council office. It should be one that engages the whole of the local population".
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A largely dry and warm afternoon, but a muggy night to come with showery outbreaks.
Around 100 swimmers will take part in the 2.5 mile challenge to raise money for the RNLI
Not a bad start to the weekend, bright spells and showers for most of us.