The people who will decide if Sunderland will be the UK City of Culture in 2021 visit Wearside today.
The car manufacturing giant, has thrown its weight behind the bid as the Sunderland 2021 team prepares to finalise its submission.
A Company that develops Sunderland’s cultural venues secures £1.25m funding. Organisers hope it will help the 2021 City of Culture bid.
Sunderland has ten other locations to beat if it is to be named City of Culture for 2021.
A joint bid could see Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Stockton, Redcar and Cleveland, Darlington the region become a cultural capital.