West Cumbrian MP Jamie Reed, has co-ordinated a letter, signed by Cumbrian Parliamentarians, in support of Whitehaven’s bid to host the Great Exhibition of the North.
The Great Exhibition of the North will be a two month exhibition to celebrate the best of art, culture and design across the northern regions. A Government contribution of £5 million will be awarded to the winning bid, and a further £15 million will be invested in a legacy fund.
Cumbria’s sole bid to host the exhibition has been made by Whitehaven, and has been organised by Gerard Richardson MBE and Celia McKenzie of the Whitehaven Harbour Commissioners.
The letter of support, co-ordinated by Copeland MP Jamie Reed, has been sent to the Minister of State for Culture, Media and Sport. It sets out the case for Whitehaven to host the exhibition, and is signed by supportive Cumbrian Parliamentarians Sue Hayman MP, Tim Farron MP, John Woodcock MP, John Stevenson MP, Lord Clark of Windermere and Lord Cavendish of Furness.
The letter describes Whitehaven as; “Nestled on the West Coast of Cumbria which was home and inspiration to William Wordsworth, Whitehaven is one of 51 towns in the UK considered so splendid and precious that it is designated as a ‘Gem Town’. It is a welcoming Georgian port with roots in rum, shipping and mining, and was one of the first post-renaissance towns in the country”.
Copeland MP, Jamie Reed said:
“I am calling on Government to step up to provide Cumbria with the resources that we need to invest in, and celebrate our rich culture. Our county has so far been omitted from the Northern Powerhouse project, and the opportunity for Whitehaven to host the Great Exhibition of the North would be a welcome investment.
“The opportunity to create the exhibition and legacy could further diversify our local economy, boost tourism, and provide inspiration for our local children and young people.
““I wish the bid the very best of luck, and I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Gerard, Celia, and all those community spirited people involved in putting together the Whitehaven bid.”
Celia McKenzie and Gerard Richardson MBE said:
“Whitehaven has a proven track record over a number of years of successfully hosting large events with a variety of attractions entertaining huge crowds.
“We feel we can compete with the best that the can North offer, but with this bid we will bring a successful event for the whole of the county of Cumbria to promote”.