Bury named Greater Manchester Town of Culture for 2020

Bury has been announced as Greater Manchester's inaugural Town of Culture.

The accolade will see £120,000 of investment into the borough in 2020, designed to aid creativity in the town by getting local people to devise or participate in cultural events.

The town is the home of many famous faces, including the late Victoria Wood, Danny Boyle, Guy Garvey and Arlene Philips.

The Town of Culture accolade will be an annual award highlighting the distinctive creativity and diversity of one of Greater Manchester’s many towns.

The award is based on the UK City of Culture concept, which was introduced in 2009 by Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham, when he was Culture Secretary, built on the success of Liverpool’s year as European Capital of Culture in 2008.

Andy said: “We had a strong field of candidates and the people of Bury should be proud that their town has succeeded.

We are sure that Bury will make a great success of its time in the spotlight and establish an award that that will help others across Greater Manchester long into the future."

Councillor David Jones, leader of Bury Council, said: “We are delighted and honoured to be chosen as the inaugural Greater Manchester Town of Culture.

“It’s a fitting recognition of what we have here, coming shortly after we unveiled a statue to Victoria Wood, arguably Bury’s most famous daughter and loved by millions."