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Last Updated: Wednesday, 23 April, 2003, 15:20 GMT 16:20 UK
Culture judges put city to test
Cardiff Bay
The judges could visit Cardiff Bay
Cardiff has its last chance to impress the panel judging entries for the European Capital of Culture on Wednesday, when the team is visiting the city.

The six panel members are not taking an official tour, but are independently visiting some of the key landmarks and attractions.

Information packs about the city have been provided by Cardiff 2008 for the team, led by the former head of Channel 4, Sir Jeremy Isaacs.

The Welsh capital is on the final shortlist of six, fighting against Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool, Newcastle/Gateshead, and Oxford for the coveted title.

The winner will be announced in June when all judging is complete.

"We are looking forward to their visit," said a spokeswoman for Cardiff 2008.

"They want to walk around the city independently - they don't want a guided tour.

Queen Street, Cardiff
Queen Street is popular with shoppers

"They will be doing their own thing, we think some of them might take an open bus tour or visit Cardiff Castle for example.

"They are organising it all themselves and we haven't got any control over where they go.

"They really wanted to be left alone to decide what they wanted to see," she added.


Armed with information on restaurants, bars, and tourist attractions like the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff Castle, and Cardiff Bay, the judges arrived on Tuesday night.

They are spending all Wednesday exploring to help them decide whether Cardiff measures up to their checklist of criteria.

The Cardiff 2008 group were hoping for good weather for the judges' visit, the spokeswoman added.

"The city is looking particularly nice at the moment with the blossom on the trees and the parks looking good.

"Hopefully they will really enjoy their visit here," she said.

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