Secretary of State for Wales, David Jones said:
“As much as today’s announcement will come as disappointing news to those who have supported Swansea Bay’s bid, they should be rightly proud of all that they have achieved.
The ‘Cwtch the Bid’ campaign was an inspiring effort that spread beyond a city and a region; it was an effort that galvanised the support and imaginations of people all across the country."
“We must now capitalise on the passion and commitment that this campaign has roused. With a whole year of celebrations planned in 2014 to mark the centenary of the birth of Swansea’s most famous son, Dylan Thomas, the region will still have its time to shine as a cultural powerhouse in Wales."
Commenting on the announcement, Suzy Davies AM, Shadow Minister for Heritage, said:
“The quality of Swansea Bay’s bid for the UK City of Culture title was recognised by being shortlisted as one of the top four contenders, which was a fantastic achievement.
Yes, we are disappointed, but that creative spirit, which made the Bay bid unique will still contribute to a rich cultural future for the area. I heartily congratulate the organisers of Cwtch the Bid and everyone who has played their part in raising Swansea Bay’s profile as a cultural hub.”