Aberdeen's UK City of Culture 2017 bid lodged

Aberdeen's bid to become the UK City of Culture 2017 has been officially lodged.

The bid team must now produce a 30-page tender document by the end of April in an effort to persuade judges to put the city on the shortlist for the coveted arts title.

Aberdeen is expected to face competition from cities such as Dundee, Hull, Plymouth and York.

The winner will be announced in November.

Last month, BBC Scotland revealed that the team to head the bid had been appointed.

In 2009, Aberdeen withdrew its bid to become the UK's City of Culture for 2013 due to council finances.

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