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Rival cities in joint culture bid

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The card highlights the cities' joint bid to become European Capital of Culture

A giant Christmas card has been driven to London to highlight a joint bid by Portsmouth and Southampton to become the UK's City of Culture for 2013.

The cities are setting aside old rivalries in an effort to be crowned the culture capital.

The card was taken to the Department of Media, Culture and Sport (DMCS) building in Westminster.

The cities hope the 10 metre by 3.5 metre (33ft by 10ft) card will set a record as the largest Christmas card.

The slogan for the culture bid printed on the card is 'Portsmouth Southampton - PS I Love You'.

Southampton City Council's head of leisure and culture, Mike Harris, and Portsmouth City Council's tourism visitor services and events manager, Drusilla Moody, presented the card to culture and tourism minister Margaret Hodge MBE.

The winning city or cities will become a focus for national attention, potentially hosting national high-profile events such as the Turner Prize, BBC Sports Personality of the Year, The Brits and the RIBA Stirling Prize.



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