Community champion Hannah Angus says she is excited by Sunderland's potential as a city.
That's why the 22-year-old, who works for a Wearside public relations company, is backing its bid to be named UK City of Culture 2021.
Hannah, who has always lived in the city, said: "Sunderland is filled with so much potential, and I can’t wait to see what happens.
"I’m really excited to see the transformation of the city.
"With developments like The Fire Station, Keel Square and the new Vaux site our evolution is already underway.
“I’m excited at the potential of our city - not just in terms of culture, but for our businesses, economy and people.
“City of Culture can build on the positive changes we are already seeing in the city, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.”
Sunderland is up against Coventry, Paisley, Swansea and Stoke as it bids to be named UK City of Culture.
A successful bid would put the city firmly into the cultural spotlight, attracting millions of pounds into the local economy through investment in the arts and an increase in visitors and jobs.
It would kick-start a four-year period of growth, innovation and creativity and culminate in a year of exciting cultural and artistic events.
Final second-round bids must be submitted by this Friday, September 29, and the successful city will be announced in Hull, the current UK City of Culture, in December.