Terry Jones gives his backing to Birmingham's UK Capital of Culture 2013 bid

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MONTY Python star Terry Jones has become the latest celebrity to back Birmingham’s UK City of Culture bid.

Jones lent his support to the city’s entry into the culture contest, which could boost the region’s economy by £200 million and bring more than four million visitors to Birmingham in 2013.

The city is among four shortlisted for the prestigious title, but won’t know until the summer if it has beat off competition from rivals Derry, Norwich and Sheffield to take the crown. The bid is being backed by the Birmingham Mail.

Winning the title could see Birmingham playing host to star-studded events including the BAFTAs, Brits and MTV Awards.

Comedian and TV presenter Jones said: “Birmingham is so obviously the cultural capital of the UK that I am surprised there’s a vote.”

A host of Brummie celebrities including celebrity chef Glynn Purnell, gold medallist Denise Lewis and X Factor star Niki Evans, have all pledged their support to the campaign. Birmingham historian and Mail columnist Prof Carl Chinn is also behind the bid.

He said: “Whether it is Pre-Raphaelite art at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery or modern art at the Ikon Gallery, culture is a wide, eclectic word that really captures what Birmingham is about.

“The fact that we can all be from different places but still be called Brummies shows what culture is to the city.”

Should Birmingham win the culture crown, the Staffordshire Hoard will be at the centre of the celebrations, along with the opening of the new Library of Birmingham and Birmingham City University’s Eastside media campus.

Birmingham City Council bosses entered the contest with a promise to create a “people’s festival” to bring art and culture to the suburbs and inner city communities.

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