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Protestors interrupt Bristol Mayor's interview in Green Capital cash row

There's been anger in Bristol over how the city has spent £8 million of taxpayers money in its year as European Green Capital.

Protestors tried to overshadow a ceremony at Colston Hall which saw Bristol hand over the title to Slovenia's capital.

We spoke to Bristol Mayor George Ferguson from the venue today - he says the twelve months have been a huge success and generated £12 million in sponsorship funding.

The mayor was focusing on the highlights of the year - adding that the celebration should not be undermined by what he called "a few lunatics".

Protestors held up signs asked for figures to be published explaining how taxpayers money was spent. Credit: ITV News

It's certainly not being overshadowed, what we've done is absolutely tremendous.

I've just got a letter from the European Commission saying we've far exceeded expectations, we've set the bar higher.

– Mayor George Ferguson

Ian Axton put to him the question "on everyone's lips"; why won't he publish the figures on how the Green Capital funding has been spent?

Protestors also gathered outside the venue: