Leicester City of Culture bid

Leicester has been shortlisted as one of four cities that could be named 'City of Culture' in 2017. A number of events, festivals, and campaigns have been launched to boost the city's chances.

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Children sing their support for City of Culture bid

Children from a Leicester primary school are singing their support for their hometown's City of Culture 2017 bid with the specially-written Anthem for Leicester.

The youngsters, from Stoneygate College, are hoping their song will give the city's bid a rousing send-off before it goes to the government to be considered on Monday.

Children from Stoneygate College have sung a new Anthem for Leicester Credit: ITV News Central

The song was written by school headmaster Paul Hitchcock and was debuted in front of an audience for the first time today.


Attenborough: 'delight' over Leicester culture bid

Lord Attenborough grew up in Leicester Credit: Fiona Hanson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Actor and director Richard Attenborough has said he is "delighted" that Leicester is in the running to be named UK City of Culture in 2017.

The city is one of four which has been shortlisted and will find out in November if it has won.

In a message to City Mayor Peter Soulsby, Lord Attenborough said: “I am utterly delighted that Leicester has been short listed.

“I remain passionately convinced as to the outstanding merits of the city’s bid and of their ability to deliver a uniquely dazzling year, commensurate with the thrilling opportunities that such an honour would confer.”

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