Bury wins 'Town of Culture' award

Bury has been named Greater Manchester's inaugural Town of Culture.

The scheme, which aims to promote the "distinctive culture" of towns across the region, was launched by Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham earlier this year. It follows a competition when communities were invited to bid for the title and win funding of £120,000 over the next 12 months to "aid a burst of creativity". The programme could see a range of cultural events including festivals, concerts and exhibitions held in the town, while organisations such as The Halle Orchestra and the Royal Exchange could also host concerts and productions there.

The organisers hope that boosting Bury's tourism and night time economy will create a "recognisable brand", and help regenerate the town.

The town, which was home to famous faces including Victoria Wood, Danny Boyle and Guy Garvey,

Cllr David Jones, leader of Bury Council, said he was delighted the town's bid had been successful and said it reflected the strength of the town's cultural offering, such as the East Lancashire Railway and The Met theatre (pictured).

 

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