Swansea Bay has lost out to Hull to become the UK City of Culture 2017.
The Culture Secretary Maria Miller made the announcement in Westminster this morning.
Hull faced stiff competition from the other three shortlisted cities, Dundee, Leicester and Swansea Bay, but was declared the winner on the advice of the independent expert advisory panel chaired by Phil Redmond.
The UK City of Culture first started in 2010 with Derry-Londonderry chosen as UK City of Culture for 2013 and is a hotly contested accolade.
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Maria Miller said:
“This is brilliant news for Hull and everyone involved in the bid there. This year’s UK City of Culture demonstrates the huge benefits that the title brings.
These include encouraging economic growth, inspiring social change and bringing communities together. I hope Hull’s plans will make the most of all that being UK City of Culture can bring."
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