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Wrexham is still in the running to be named UK City of Culture 2025. Credit: Welsh Parliament CC BY 2.0, bit.ly/2YtkdXu

City of Culture: Wrexham in, Lancashire and Borderlands out

Julia Hatmaker

Only eight of the 20 cities and regions that entered the bidding for City of Culture 2025 remain.

The competition from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is meant to encourage communities to use culture to help improve, grow and drive investment to towns in the UK.

“Winning the UK City of Culture competition has a hugely positive impact on an area, driving investment, creating jobs, and highlighting that culture is for everyone, regardless of their background,” said culture secretary Nadine Dorries.

Wrexham is the only North Wales contingency to retain its spot on the City of Culture longlist, now that entries from Conwy County and the City of Bangor and North West Wales have been eliminated.

No North West bids made the cut, with both the Borderlands region and Lancashire seeing their City of Culture 2025 dreams come to an end.

Now that Wrexham has made the longlist, it will receive £40,000 to help it craft its full application for the award. The winner will be announced in spring 2022.

Welsh secretary Simon Hart voiced his optimism for Wrexham’s entry.

“In a fantastic field of UK City of Culture bids, Wrexham has done extremely well to fly the flag for Wales by reaching the longlist,” Hart said.

“I wish them every success as they seek to become the first Welsh holder of the UK City of Culture title with all the opportunities it will bring to an area of huge cultural pedigree which contains the World Heritage Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, one of the world’s oldest football clubs in Wrexham FC and the Stiwt Theatre.”

Here is the full list of eight cities and regions remaining in the competition:

  • Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon
  • Bradford
  • Cornwall
  • Derby
  • County Durham
  • Southampton
  • Stirling
  • Wrexham County Borough

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