Newcastle support for Sunderland's City of Culture bid

Railway staff in Newcastle are backing Sunderland's bid to land City of Culture status.

Thursday, 2nd November 2017, 5:43 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 12:17 am
Virgin Trains' Rob McCarthy, left, with Newcastle Station manager Louise Rutherford and the bid team's Helen Connify.

A judging panel paid an informal bid to Wearside on Thursday to see the city's cultural credentials before leaving the region via a Virgin Trains service from Newcastle.

Newcastle station manager Louise Rutherford said: “Virgin Trains is proud to back Sunderland’s fantastic bid for City of Culture 2021.

"We’re fully behind the bid which is already helping to raise the profile of the whole North East region.”

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Sunderland was the last shortlisted city visited by the judges.

The other shortlisted contenders, Coventry, Paisley, Stoke-on-Trent and Swansea, were visited last month.

The winner will be announced in Hull, current holder of the title City of Culture, in December.