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SOLIHULL has agreed to back Birmingham’s bid to become the UK’s first City of Culture.

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 solihull_news@mrn.co.uk.

 

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