Hull No! Leicester Lose Bid

20 November 2013, 09:19 | Updated: 30 March 2016, 13:50

Hull has been named as the UK City of Culture 2017, beating Leicester, Dundee and Swansea Bay.

The award is given out every four years with the aim of boosting tourism and the economy.

'Take It On The Chin'

People who worked on the bid in Leicester have told Capital they'll take the loss on the chin and recover really quickly.

Leicester Mayor Peter Soulsby:

'I won't pretend we're not disappointed but the way in which people have come together to back this bid, the incredibly creative ideas that have been put into the bid and the enthusiasm for it, is something we just mustn't lose.'

Fiona Allan, CEO of Curve Theatre, and City of Culture board member, added:

'Whilst today’s announcement is a huge disappointment, this process has enabled a great deal of innovative and exciting partnership working which will continue.'

Star Backing

Leicester band Kasabian, broadcaster Terry Wogan, author Sue Townsend and actor and director Richard Attenborough were among the celebrities that backed Leicester's bid.