Tayside and Central Scotland

Eight reasons why Perth is already a city of culture

Perth has launched its bid to become the UK's 2021 City of Culture.

The fair city was classified as a town in 1975 during a local government shake-up and did not regain its city status until 2012.

Perth won a competition to become Scotland's 7th city to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, and now hopes to repeat its success.

Here are eight reasons why Perth is already a Scottish cultural hub.

Ewan McGregor

Born in Perth and brought up in nearby Crieff, the Trainspotting star gained recognition for his portrayal of heroin addict Renton in the on-screen adaptation of Irvine Welsh's novel.

McGregor went on to star in a variety of blockbusters including Moulin Rouge and the Star Wars prequels, where he played a young Obi-Wan Kenobi.

His love of motorbikes led him to create travel documentary The Long Way round with Charley Boorman, which followed them across thirteen countries as they travelled from London to New York.

Fred MacAulay

Perth-born Fred MacAulay started his comedy career late at the tender age of 31, after first training to be an accountant.

He is now a frequent and popular performer at Edinburgh's Fringe Festival and a variety of international comedy festivals.

The comedian hosted his own radio show MacAulay and co for almost 18 years on BBC Radio Scotland, and has made appearances on comedy panel shows including QI and Have I Got News For You.

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Image caption Donald Maxwell in La Boheme at the Royal Opera House

Donald Maxwell

The Scottish baritone made his Royal Opera debut in 1987 and has since enjoyed critical acclaim.

The Perth singer is a former member of the Scottish Opera, Welsh National Opera and a host of international opera companies.

Maxwell has portrayed leading roles in productions of Madam Butterfly, Otello, Carmen and La Boheme, to name a few.

Eilidh Doyle

The former PE teacher from Perth won silver medals in the 400m hurdles at two Commonwealth Games, most notably at Glasgow 2014.

She was both hurdles European Champion and Scottish Athlete of the year in 2014.

Recently, Doyle suffered a devastating defeat by finishing in last place during the 400m hurdles at the Rio Olympics final.

Eve Muirhead

The curling star was skip of the Scottish team that won the 2011 European Championships in Moscow and the 2013 World Championships in Riga.

As part of Team GB, Muirhead went on to win bronze at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and held the title of 2013 World Champion.

Mark Beaumont

Perth's Mark Beaumont first rose to fame when he completed an 18,000 mile round-the-world bike trek, where he beat the world record by a staggering 82 days.

Beaumont is also a television presenter, broadcaster, author and endurance adventurer who has made documentaries in more than 100 countries.

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Famous Grouse Experience

The Glenturret Distillery, outside Perth in Crieff, is where Scotland's favourite Famous Grouse Whisky is made.

Glenturret is Scotland's oldest working distillery, and it offers hourly tours and tasting experiences for visitors.

Scotland's largest export is still a popular draw for tourists and locals, and the Famous Grouse experience won Whisky Visitor Attraction of the Year 2015.

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Image caption Tom Piper and Paul Cummins inspected the installation ahead of its official opening

The Weeping Window at the Black Watch

The iconic installation that covered the Tower of London with poppies in 2014 is now housed at the Black Watch Castle and Museum in Perth.

Thousands of hand made ceramic poppies were created by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper to mark the centenary of World War One.

The Weeping Window is touring the country, but will remain in Perth until 25 September.

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