Cwtch bid hits new heights
COUNCIL leaders are flying the flag for Swansea Bay's bid to become the UK City of Culture in 2017 – and are calling on the region to get behind it as 'decision day' edges closer.
Swansea Council leader David Phillips and councillor Nick Bradley, cabinet member for regeneration, have been hoisting the Cwtch the Bid flag aloft at the Civic Centre on the city's Oystermouth Road to show the local authority is fully behind the drive.
Swansea Bay will find out whether it will be awarded the prestigious event when the judging panel meets next month.
The region is battling it out against Hull, Leicester and Dundee for the top title of UK City of Culture 2017. It is expected the event will help to generate a massive £70 million extra in tourism spend over the next five years if Swansea Bay clinches the bid.
Councillor Phillips said he was pleased to have the flag on show outside the local authority building. He said: "We are very proud to be flying the Cwtch flag outside the Civic Centre.
"Swansea Bay's bid is extremely exciting and includes many different aspects of culture across the region.
"As the flag flies proudly outside the Civic Centre, we hope that people throughout the region will echo our show of support and get behind the bid as the final decision edges ever closer."
Councillor Bradley added: "If Swansea Bay was to be crowned the UK City of Culture 2017 it would bring significant economic uplift and profile to the region, while creating an exciting programme of activities and events for the people of Swansea Bay to enjoy.
"I'm very happy to see the Cwtch the Bid flag flying high outside the Civic Centre as we show our support for the bid, and all that it can bring to the people of Swansea Bay."
Swansea Council has linked up with Neath Port Talbot Council and Carmarthenshire Council in a bid to win the City of Culture status.
To get involved in the bid you can follow @SwanseaBay_2017 on Twitter, on Facebook and on the Swansea Bay City of Culture 2017 website: www.swanseabay2017.co.uk