IT IS impossible to over-estimate the benefit that Leeds winning the European Capital of Culture race could have on the city and, indeed, the county.
Leeds is already buoyant: the city is improving month by month, day by day with shopping, dining and the arts getting better.
But winning the capital of culture would elevate Leeds much higher. International visitors would be drawn to visit Leeds like never before.
Organisers behind the city’s bid launched the #MakeLeeds2023 campaign in July, asking people to pledge their support on its website for the title 100 days before the submission deadline.
And just 50 days in, the people of Leeds have already surpassed the 2,023 online pledge target ahead of the bid submission to judges on October 27.
This is good news. These are ordinary people rather than politicians and professionals with a vested interest.
And for the city to gain the culture title, it needs the wholehearted support of the ordinary folk who are, after all, the people who make this place tick.
Leeds deserves praise for working together so well.
We need to continue to do to so show that Leeds really is heading towards a bright and cultural future.