Palace showcase to step up city of culture battle
THE fight to have Swansea Bay selected as the 2017 UK City of Culture will be shifting up a gear next month when representatives head up the M4 to London.
Plans are being finalised for a promotional team, led by MPs Sian James and Geraint Davies, to set up shop for a day in the Jubilee Room within the Palace of Westminster.
Their aim is to showcase Swansea Bay to MPs and their guests.
Although the team will include community leaders and representatives from local government and higher education, the main focus is on showing the wider creative canvass that the region has to offer.
Local entertainers Mal Pope and Lyn McKay, along with the Phoenix Choir, will provide a musical backdrop. Businesses and traders are also pitching in to give visitors a taste of Swansea Bay.
Representatives of Jenkins Bakery, Tomos Watkins brewery and Joe's Ice-cream will be offering their wares.
There are also plans to hand out samples of the unique local delicacy of cockles and laverbread.
Others, such as the Mumbles Lovespoon Gallery will be highlighting local craft traditions.
There will also be input and appearances from the successful arts and sporting communities that have produced so many international names.
A spokesman explained that the day was literally a taster event designed to give visitors an idea of what to expect if the bid is successful.
"The event on September 10 is essentially about promoting the locality," he added.
"Sending up a coach full of people to shout about Swansea Bay is the kind of thing we should be doing, win or lose".
The bid will be decided by officials meeting in Londonderry the following week.
Dundee, Hull and Leicester are also in the running.