Lancashire misses out on bid to host Great Exhibition of the North

Blackpool and Lancashire's bid to host a major exhibition showcasing art, design and innovation from the north of England has failed.

Tuesday, 11th October 2016, 8:01 am
Updated Tuesday, 25th October 2016, 7:32 pm
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Instead Newcastle and Gateshead have been selected by the government to host the £5m Great Exhibition of the North in 2018.

Former Chancellor George Osborne came up with the idea as part of his Northern Powerhouse package.

The 77-day exhibition will have the overarching theme of The Blazing World - The Fires of Invention.

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Other shortlisted bidders which missed out were Sheffield and Bradford.

Marketing Lancashire, which led Lancashire’s bid, tweeted today: “Congratulations #NewcastleGateshead. Look forward to being part of the #GreatNorthExpo18”