Why I'm so proud to be Jack says campaigning MP Sian
AN MP has spoken of her pride at being a Swansea Jack in the House of Commons showcase for the Swansea Bay City of Culture bid.
Sian James has been championing the campaign to bring the cultural extravaganza to her home city and region.
The Swansea East MP told her colleagues who showed their support at the Westminster reception that the area deserved to play host to the event.
Mrs James, who jointly organised yesterday's event with Swansea West MP Geraint Davies, said: "We have a culture and opportunity which can't be rivalled.
"I am a Swansea Jack and I'm never ashamed to say I'm a Swansea Jack.
"We have a vibrant culture and city which can turn its hand to anything."
She added: "When we approached a lot of companies here today about supporting Swansea we were amazed at the response we got. We could have filled this room 10 times over. We know we can put together a bid to rival others in the UK." Westminster Hall was brought to a standstill by the Phoenix Choir's performance of We'll Keep A Welcome.
Entertainer Lyn Mackay also performed yesterday and Mal Pope supported and compered the reception.
Mr Davies said: "We are on track for the City of Culture bid in 2017. There's a lot of celebrity support. It's a community of communities — cwtching is part of that."
He said it was fantastic to have the Phoenix Choir sing the national anthem.