Jim McGovern ‘disappointed but not downhearted’ by UK City of Culture result        

20 November 2013 

Dundee West MP Jim McGovern has expressed his disappointment that Dundee was not selected as the UK City of Culture for 2017.

In the announcement made by Culture Secretary Maria Miller this morning it was revealed that Dundee had been unsuccessful in its bid to become UK City of Culture in 2017.

Jim McGovern said;

“Like everyone in Dundee I am of course greatly disappointed that Dundee has been unsuccessful.

"I know without a shadow of a doubt that Dundee would have been an excellent city of culture.”

“The result is no comment on the bid team, the many who worked hard toward the bid and certainly not on Dundee itself.

"The hard work and great effort put in by everyone involved was beyond reproach.

“Dundee has tremendous prospects for the future.

"The cultural redevelopment of the waterfront, the V&A, the ongoing successes of the DCA, the McManus, the rep theatre, our music scene, the computer games industry and our two universities demonstrates clearly that we are going from strength to strength.

"That will continue despite this result.

"We have a great deal to look forward to in Dundee over the next few years; for that reason I am disappointed but not downhearted by this result.”

Mr McGovern concluded;

“I would also like to congratulate Hull.

"I am sure they will have a very successful year as City of Culture in 2017 and I know everyone in Dundee wishes them every success.”




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