Musician Sting backs UK County Durham City of Culture bid

MUSICIAN Sting backs County Durham’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2025.

The multi-award-winning singer-songwriter, whose career with The Police and as a solo artist spans more than five decades, believes winning the title for County Durham would highlight the unique culture of the whole region.

Originally from Wallsend in Tyneside, Sting has many happy memories of his visits and performances in County Durham, including an unforgettable performance of A Winter Night… Live from Durham Cathedral.

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In a video message of support for the Durham 2025 campaign, he said: “I was born and raised in nearby Tyneside, but in many ways Durham has been the historic heart of the North East.

“It was a spiritual center in the Middle Ages, with the magnificent cathedral; a center of learning, with one of Britain’s oldest universities; not to mention its importance for the Industrial Revolution, where the mining community was still celebrated each year at the miners’ gala.

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“The government talks a lot about upgrading, but more often than not the region has been neglected for decades. Thus, Durham’s selection would provide a much-needed spotlight on this unique and important culture that is the North East.

Earlier this month Durham County Council and lead partner Durham University submitted the county’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2025 on behalf of Culture Durham, a partnership of cultural organizations from the whole county. The shortlist is expected to be revealed next month before the winner is announced in May.

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Obtaining the title would attract millions of visitors to County Durham and the North East, create thousands of jobs and significantly support the region’s efforts to ensure residents and businesses benefit from the betting scheme. at government level.

Tony Harrington, Chairman of Culture Durham, said: “We are delighted to have the support of such an iconic musician as Sting who is an inspiration to so many, especially in his native North East.

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“Our region has a rich cultural offer but there is also a lot of untapped potential. This is our chance to show the world just how great County Durham and the wider region is and to create even more opportunities for people to shine.

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Sting is the last known figure to publicly endorse the offer, along with author Bill Bryson; historian, writer and television presenter David Olusoga; foreign affairs scholar and presidential adviser Fiona Hill; stand-up comedian Lee Ridley, aka Lost Voice Guy; and Olympian Steve Cram also expressing their support. This is in addition to hundreds of messages of support from residents and businesses across the region.

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