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Plymouth's dreams of being the City of Culture for 2017 lie in tatters after the city failed to make the shortlist for the final four.
11 cities were bidding for the title - but Plymouth didn't make the cut.
Organisers say they're shocked but still determined to develop Plymouth's cultural agenda.
The organisers of Plymouth's bid to be named UK City of Culture 2017 say they're in shock after failing to make the shortlist.
Tracey Guirey, Plymouth 2017 bid author, said they will continue to promote the city:
Plymouth has failed to make the shortlist for the UK City of Culture.
It was hoped winning the competition would have brought millions of pounds into the local economy.
It will be announced later if Plymouth has made it onto the shortlist for the UK City of Culture.
The competition was opened by culture minister Ed Vaizey and if the city is successful it could bring millions of pounds into the local economy and attract major events. It's up against cities as diverse as Southampton, Chester and Dundee.