City of Durham MP Mary Kelly Foy today pledged her full support for the bid to see County Durham win the prestigious City of Culture prize.

Her backing comes ahead of key visits from a top government minister and the all-important judging panel.

Mary said:

“There is an incredible team working on this bid and they need the support of every MP and councillor to help them over the line – regardless of political allegiances, and I am proud to have worked cross-party with all County Durham MPs to ensure the county is given its best winning chance.”

“I have made representations in Parliament to highlight the unique culture of our beautiful county.”

“We have always been a county of diversity and tolerance, with a distinctive voice and special culture.

“It’s now time the rest of the world got to know about us – everything from the origins of Christianity to the vibrant brass music still played in our streets today.

“While Cuthbert and coal made the solid foundations of Durham’s world-leading culture, we have a lot to give now and in the future. Our artists, poets, musicians and writers are among the best. They deserve global recognition and we should do all we can to back them.”

“I know our partners will do their level best to present our outstanding county in its best light and I send them my very best wishes for a successful visit. The famous moto of the Durham Miners’ Association ‘’the past we inherit, the future we build” has never felt so fitting’.

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