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East Suffolk Council's joint bid with Great Yarmouth to be named UK's City of Culture for 2025 unsuccessful



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East Suffolk Council has been unsuccessful in their joint bid to be named as City of Culture for 2025.

The council had launched a bid to host the year-long event alongside Great Yarmouth Borough Council in July, with Lowestoft, Gorelston and Great Yarmouth due to play a prominent part in the programme of activities, had it been successful.

An announcement this morning confirmed that the joint bid had failed to make the longlist of eight locations, narrowed down from the original 20 bids.

Cllr Steve Gallant, Leader of East Suffolk Council, announcing the joint bid to become the UK City of Culture 2025, at Somerleyton Hall
Cllr Steve Gallant, Leader of East Suffolk Council, announcing the joint bid to become the UK City of Culture 2025, at Somerleyton Hall

Despite the disappointment, the council is pledging to ensure that arts and culture remain in the spotlight.

Cllr Steve Gallant, Leader of East Suffolk Council, said: “Whilst this is obviously disappointing news, our ambition to shine a light on the wealth of amazing arts and cultural groups and activities in East Suffolk and Great Yarmouth firmly remains.

"Our bid has brought people together to talk about the potential of the area and we fully intend to keep that momentum going.

Cllr Carl Smith (right), Leader of Great Yarmouth Borough Council, and Cllr Steve Gallant, Leader of East Suffolk Council, announcing the joint bid to become the UK City of Culture 2025, at Somerleyton Hall, in July
Cllr Carl Smith (right), Leader of Great Yarmouth Borough Council, and Cllr Steve Gallant, Leader of East Suffolk Council, announcing the joint bid to become the UK City of Culture 2025, at Somerleyton Hall, in July

"The key focus for our joint bid was to offer and promote cultural activities which our communities could get involved with and we will continue to do that wherever possible.

“The City of Culture process is highly competitive and challenging and we are proud of our collaborative hard work with Great Yarmouth Borough Council and our other partners. We are also grateful to everyone who expressed their support for the bid.”

Both councils have already established extensive cultural regeneration programmes to attract investment into the area's infrastructure and cultural sectors.

In September, East Suffolk's cabinet agreed, regardless of the outcome of the bid, that an East Suffolk Cultural Strategy would be developed to help deliver an ambitious cultural programme across the district.

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