SOLIHULL has agreed to back Birmingham’s bid to become the UK’s first City of Culture.
At a meeting last week, Solihull Council agreed to get behind their neighbour’s campaign. A report presented to councillors suggested that a winning bid could bring £200m to the region and create thousands of new jobs.
An original list of 14 cities has been whittled down to a final four - Birmingham, Norwich, Sheffield and Derry.
Both the NEC group and Solihull Chamber of Commerce have also come out in support of the Birmingham bid.
Paul Thandi, the NEC’s chief executive, said: “As the operator of some of the major venues in this region, the NEC Group fully appreciates the huge economic potential of this kind of opportunity.”
A final decision over which city will hold the prestigious title is expected in the summer. To find out more go to www.birminghamculture.org.
l What do you think? Will Solihull benefit from a successful bid? Or will this put the borough further in Birmingham’s shadow? Write in to 150, High Street, Solihull, B91 3SX or email firstname.lastname@example.org.