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Hundreds turn out to send off Dundee bid to become European Capital of Culture

Council leader John Alexander, councillor Lynne Short see Juraj Ciernik take the bid document from the City Square
Council leader John Alexander, councillor Lynne Short see Juraj Ciernik take the bid document from the City Square

Hundreds of people congregated on the steps of the Caird Hall to officially send off Dundee’s bid to become European Capital of Culture on Thursday.

Contents of the 80-page bid documents are being kept secret so as not to give any advantage to other cities competing for the 2023 title.

But SNP administration leader John Alexander said the bid was one all of Dundee can get behind.

He said: “The bid has been informed by the people of the city.

“People have sent in their ideas – it’s not just about those who are involved on the bid team.”

City development convener Councillor Lynne Short and Juraj Ciernik from the Dundee 2023 team drove the bid document from the City Square in an electric car.

Politicians, schoolchildren, bid leaders and members of the public waved flags on  he steps of the Caird Hall as the document from driven from Dundee.

Bid director Bryan Beattie said he was delighted at the turnout.

He said: “It shows the city wants this and we believe the city can deliver it – and deliver it really well.”

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