WARRINGTON’S bid to become the UK’s City of Culture in 2021 is extremely positive.

Warrington has showed strong economic performance over a sustained period but simply does not get the recognition it deserves within the UK.

This initiative will shine a light on Warrington and showcase what a great place it is not only to work, but also to live.

Close neighbours Liverpool benefited greatly from their success previously as European Capital of Culture in 2008 and Hull is currently enjoying extensive coverage from its UK 2017 City of Culture success.

Some have estimated Hull will experience an economic boost of £60 million plus from the celebrations and the creation of thousands of jobs, with a lasting legacy.

With 10 other towns and cities applying Warrington has no guarantee of success in this venture.

History however can help us reflect on whether it is worth the effort. Bradford applied to be the European City of Culture in 2008.

Although it was not successful the efforts still drew great attention to the city and helped it to think carefully about what it offered to visitors and residents.

So even if Warrington loses this match, it will still win from playing the game.

LAWRENCE Bellamy is deputy provost at the University of Chester’s Padgate campus and writes a regular column for the Warrington Guardian’s business pages: