Portsmouth MP wants public to get behind city’s bid to become a hub for culture

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AN MP is urging residents to back Portsmouth’s bid to become UK City of Culture in 2017.

As previously reported in The News, Portsmouth has worked with Southampton on an application to the government’s Department of Culture, Media & Sport.

If they’re successful then both cities will be given the title for 2017.

It’s hoped the status will bring Portsmouth’s cultural activities under one banner, help to expand what’s on offer and attract investment and performers from across the globe.

Other cities are competing and a final shortlist will be drawn up next month.

The winner will be announced at the end of the year. In the meantime residents are being urged to come up with imaginative activities that could take place.

Mr Hancock said: ‘This really is a historic moment for both Portsmouth and Southampton which, despite their differences, are uniting for a shared goal.

‘This is a great opportunity to showcase the Solent which, if we win, would bring the cities an estimated £100m in investment and tourism.

‘Portsmouth really does have a lot of to offer, as not only has it been the home of the Royal Navy for centuries, but it is also been the residence for two world famous authors; Arthur Conan Doyle and Charles Dickens not mention our architecture, people and arts.’