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Public faces chosen to champion Dundee's culture bid

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Image caption Sheena Wellington, Brian Cox and Lorraine Kelly will front Dundee's UK City of Culture bid

Dundee City Council has chosen three high-profile figures from the worlds of music, film and television to champion its bid for UK City of Culture.

The Dundee Partnership forum has confirmed singer Sheena Wellington, actor Brian Cox and TV presenter Lorraine Kelly will front the campaign.

A total of 11 places across the UK are bidding for UK City of Culture status.

The case for Dundee is currently being put together and will be submitted before the 30 April deadline.

Dundee's bid will highlight the presence of facilities like the V&A at Dundee, Dundee Rep theatre, the Dundee Contemporary Arts and The McManus.

The universities of Dundee and Abertay, alongside Dundee Heritage Trust and a range of local attractions and events, will also be used to advertise the city's cultural credentials.

Enthusiastic bid

Councillor Ken Guild, chair of the Dundee Partnership and leader of Dundee City Council, said: "The work to put together Dundee's bid has real momentum behind it.

"I am impressed by the enthusiasm and energy that all the partners are putting in.

"We are all delighted that Sheena, Brian and Lorraine have all agreed to be involved."

Traditional singer Sheena Wellington said: "We have very talented youngsters in Dundee.

"I want them all to have the confidence to paint, to draw, to dance and to sing.

"Dundee's bid needs to catch the spirit of the city; Dundee has always been a singing and dancing city."

TV presenter Lorraine Kelly said the city should be proud of its heritage.

Rich culture

"Dundee has always been a brilliant city, but there has been a real renaissance recently and that is so exciting for all of us who live here and for visitors," she said.

"The symbol of the city is the incredible Discovery ship. The Discovery Point museum is terrific and we also have the McManus, Verdant Works, Dundee Science Centre, DCA, Dundee Rep and terrific restaurants and pubs.

"I'm really looking forward to the V&A coming to the city as it will put Dundee firmly on the map and bring in tourists from all over the world."

Actor Brian Cox added: "I have long said that Dundee should be recognised more widely for the many exciting things that are happening throughout the community, from the Rep, McManus and DCA, to the plans for V&A at Dundee and the wonderful creativity being nurtured in everything from computer games to fine art.

"Dundee has an outstanding case to be the UK City of Culture 2017 and to involve everyone in the city, right across the social scale, in something truly special."

The chosen place will succeed Londonderry, which is the City of Culture for 2013 and the first place to be awarded the title.

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