Warrington is among eleven locations around the country which have submitted bids to be named the UK City of Culture for 2021, with the promise of a year of cultural attractions and a potential multi-million pound boost to their local economies.
The winner, to be announced in December, will be the third holder of the title - following Londonderry in 2013 and Hull this year.
The list of other contenders includes Coventry, Hereford, Paisley, Perth, Portsmouth, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland, Swansea, Wells and St Davids - the UK's smallest city - which has registered an application including the surrounding rural area of the Hundred of Dewisland.
The Heritage Lottery Fund announced it was committing £3 million to each successful bidder from 2021 onwards to boost local heritage.
Hull's City of Culture year, which kicked off with a massive fireworks display on January 1, is forecast to deliver a £60 million boost to the local economy. And the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. said the city has also benefited from £1 billion in investment since winning the title in 2013.
The field of 11 contenders will be whittled down to a shortlist in the summer.