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Why Norwich MUST bid for the UK Capital of Culture title

PUBLISHED: 08:43 01 December 2017 | UPDATED: 08:43 01 December 2017

People take part in an installation titled Sea of Hull by artist Spencer Tunick in Hull. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.

People take part in an installation titled Sea of Hull by artist Spencer Tunick in Hull. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.

Last week’s column covered the 2040 vision for Norwich and I’m looking forward again today - but this time to 2025.

The reason being, that is the date a prominent figure in the UK arts world suggested Norwich would be well-placed to be named the UK’s Capital of Culture.

Now I’m going to let you into a little journalistic secret now. Darren Henley, Arts Council England CEO, commented on the subject because I prompted our reporter to ask the question.

And I make no apology for doing so! But why I hear you ask?

Well, the need for Norwich to enhance and show off its already vibrant arts and culture offering was actually something discussed at the previously mentioned 2040 vision for Norwich conference.

And one way to do that, several of those present agreed, would be to secure the title of the UK’s Capital of Culture.

Those with long memories will remember that Norwich bid for, but lost, this status in 2013. The title instead going to Londonderry.

But almost a decade has passed since that bid and I think it’s time we all dusted ourselves down and came out fighting again.

And by the look of the reaction of some of those we spoke to for this week’s front page on the subject, I’m not alone in thinking that way.

You only have to look at the impact the status has had on current holders, Hull, to see why it would be a good idea.

Not only has the status brought world class entertainment to the city, its had a positive economic impact, bringing in millions of pounds to the city.

But more importantly it has been something for the city and its people to galvanise behind. A place that isn’t necessarily famous for its self-esteem is loving itself once more.

And sometimes I feel that here in Norfolk we could do with loving our home county a bit more - as well as shouting about it to the outside world.

I can only imagine how fantastic a year so many people would have were Norwich to get such a prestigious status.

It would create memories to last a lifetime for young and old. It would unite us.

So let’s do it good people of Norwich. Let’s all think of how we can do our bit to make this happen?

I’d love to hear your views so email me at david.powles@archant.co.uk.

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