Bradford’s bid for UK City of Culture has been given a major boost with former Lord Mayor of London Sir David Wootton supporting its bid to become UK City of Culture in 2025.
The Bradford-born lawyer and politician was the Lord Mayor of London 2011-12 but is now actively supporting his home city’s exciting bid to win the significant contest that would help put the District on the map as a cultural destination.
“I am thrilled to be taking on this role with the Bradford 2025 team which has been working tirelessly to secure support for its bid to become the UK City of Culture in four years’ time,” he said.
“I have had the pleasure of watching Bradford’s cultural sector mature over recent years and become a leading light in the district’s regeneration ambitions.
“I think it is absolutely right that Bradford puts culture at the heart of its future aspirations; I am very proud to be part of this bid and it is a big team effort.
“Many of us want to see Bradford achieve its full potential and rally around a shared goal that will bring so many long-term benefits for the city.”
The Bradford 2025 bid team has been further strengthened by Mick Chandsoor who joined recently as Head of Partnerships, a pivotal role in attracting sponsors and stakeholders in preparation for the competition.
“I am extremely lucky to be joining at such an exciting time and I’m very much looking forward to working with Sir David as part of the bid team. Not only will it help to put Bradford on the map culturally, it will also leave an amazing legacy for the city and district to enjoy afterwards,” he said.
“We need to have strong partnerships from the outset with businesses supporting the bid. There are many rewards to being involved at this early stage and I will be actively promoting the benefits to both businesses and the communities as we all have a role to play in bringing this title back to Bradford.”
Richard Shaw, Bid Director of Bradford 2025, said: “With Sir David and Mick joining we are supercharging the bid team with a wealth of business acumen, expertise and passion that we know will unlock new and exciting partnerships for the bid.”