Winner of City of Culture 2017 title is named

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Portsmouth lost out to Hull to be named as City of Culture in 2017.

An announcement was made this morning by culture secretary Maria Miller that the city, famous for being the home of poet Philip Larkin, was the winner of the title.

Portsmouth and Southampton’s joint bid crashed out in the first round of judging earlier this year, but Hull, Dundee and Swansea Bay all went through to the final round.

Hull is also known for the Ferens gallery, the Truck theatre, and the sinister-sounding aquarium called The Deep.

The UK government chooses a new destination every four years with the aim of helping tourism and the economy, and Hull will take over from Derry Londonderry to hold the title.

Ministers created the UK City of Culture title in an attempt to replicate the success of Liverpool’s year as the European Capital of Culture in 2008.

Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Maria Miller said: ‘This is brilliant news for Hull and everyone involved in the bid there.’

Hull’s bid was praised by judges – led by television producer Phil Redmond – for ‘evidence of community and creative engagement, their links to the private sector and their focus on legacy, including a commitment to enhance funding beyond 2017’.