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UK cities bid for culture title

Chichester Cathedral
William the Conqueror ordered a cathedral to be built in Chichester

The final 14 finalists hoping to be named the UK's first city of culture in 2013 have been revealed.

The cities are Barnsley, Birmingham, Carlisle, Chichester, Hull, Ipswich and the Haven Gateway, Norwich, Portsmouth and Southampton and Sheffield.

The county of Cornwall is also in the running, along with Derry, Southend, Durham and Swansea.

The competition aims to build on the success of Liverpool, which was European Capital of Culture in 2008.

'Strong field'

The winner will be announced in summer next year.

"Culture changes people's lives, and has the power to transform cities and economies. This was brilliantly demonstrated by Liverpool last year," said culture minister Margaret Hodge.

"We now have a really strong field, and I wish them the best of luck," she added.

An advisory panel will meet to consider the bids in February and will make its recommendation to Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw.

Mersey Television founder Phil Redmond will chair the panel, which includes the former controller of BBC Northern Ireland, Anna Carragher, and Culture Show presenter Lauren Laverne.



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