As I am sure a lot of you will know the City Of Sunderland is bidding for the City of Culture 2021, it has been a very busy year for the City this year. On the 14th July 2017 the City found out they had made it through to the shortlisting stage of the Uk City of Culture competition along with Coventry, Paisley, Stoke-On-Trent and Swansea. On the 29th of September 2017, the City of Sunderland submitted the second stage bid.
On the 2nd November I was invited by Rebecca Ball – Director Sunderland 2021, to go along to the Washington Arts Centre to meet some of the judges visiting the City, over lunch. This was a great opportunity for me to put forward a young persons prospective on how winning the City of Culture would benefit the younger generation of the City. Although it was a flying visit for the judges it was great for me and the other invited guests to sell Sunderland, some of the guests included Councillor John Kelly, Paul Callaghan – Chairman, Sunderland Music, Arts and Culture Trust, Kevin O’Neil – Deputy MD Nissan and Steve Cram – Retired Track and Field Athlete.
I have been a supporter and Ambassador of the Culture Bid since the beginning, when I was one of four speakers at the Launch of the Sunderland Bid at Westminster on the 31st of January 2017.