Areas covered are Canterbury, Ashford, Dover, Folkestone and Thanet

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East Kent is putting in a bid to become the UK City of Culture for 2017.

The area covered by Canterbury, Ashford, Dover, Folkestone and Thanet will compete against Aberdeen, Chester, Dundee, Hastings and Bexhill-on- Sea, Hull, Leicester, Plymouth, Portsmouth and Southampton, Southend-on-Sea, and Swansea Bay for the prize.

The entrants have until Tuesday, April 30, to submit initial bids, which will be considered by an independent advisory panel with a shortlist to be announced in June.

The UK City of Culture award comes on the success of Liverpool being awarded the European Capital of Culture prize in 2008 and the first city to be awarded the UK title is Derry for this year, with the status being awarded every four years.

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