Culture bid is fantastic news
What fantastic news that Leicester is bidding to be the 2017 City of Culture ("Celebrating our culture", Mercury February 26 – see the picture, right).
Leicester is a vibrant and diverse city with a surprisingly low profile nationally.
An initiative such as this should deservedly raise people's awareness of what a great city and county we have.
The word "culture" involves much more than the arts and this is a real opportunity to show what, and who, we have in Leicester.
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Congratulations to all involved in making this bid.
Sue Ryan, Clarendon Park.
Leicester bidding for City of Culture status? Now I've heard everything.
Unless we can see a wholesale clean-up of shop frontages along the main road arteries into the city, city centre areas such as Belgrave Gate cleaned up, the former Haymarket Theatre revived and reopened and an absence of for sale signs, the city hasn't a cat in hell's chance of success.
A business carrot would be to allow premises owners to set frontage makeover expenses against business rates.
But that would give Chancellor George Osborne a seizure.
John Burrows, Humberstone.
After reading that the Sikh community has criticised our Prime Minister for failure to apologise for the massacre of Indians in 1919 ("PM criticised over failure to apologise for India atrocity", Mercury, February 21) it made me think.
Did we ever receive an apology from India for the massacre of hundreds of English women and children during the Indian Mutiny in 1857.
They were hacked to death and thrown into a well at Cawnpore?
They were so ashamed that they have changed its name to Kanpur.
A Rudkin, Melton Mowbray.