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Truro's European Capital of Culture bid dropped by new leader of Cornwall Council

The Eden Project was a big part of Truro's bid. Credit: PA Images

Truro's bid to become European Capital of Culture in 2023 has been officially dropped by Cornwall Council.

The city was in the running for the title alongside Leeds, Milton Keynes and Dundee after councillors previously voted 8 to 1 in favour of going forward in the selection process.

The bid was expected to cost £500,000 but would have been rewarded with jobs, investment and an economic boost.

But the new leader of Cornwall Council Adam Paynter decided it would not be right to go ahead with the process with such little time left to put together a bid.

The city is famous for its Festival of Lights. Credit: PA Images

A statement released by Cornwall Council said:

In his speech at the Council’s Annual meeting on 23 May, the new Leader Adam Paynter articulated the importance of culture and creative industries in Cornwall and their role in Cornwall's distinctiveness.

He expressed his commitment to delivering against the White Paper for Culture.

However, he recognised the reality of the short space of time remaining to build a bid from Cornwall for European Capital of Culture and demonstrate cross-party support.

It has, therefore, been decided that the bid for European Capital Of Culture 2023 will not be taken forwards."

– Cornwall Council statement

The city is most famous for its annual Festival of Lights and attractions like the Eden Project which was in support of the bid.