TWO Yorkshire cities are expected to feature in the shortlist to host the Great Exhibition of the North.
Bradford and Sheffield are both understood to have made the shortlist alongside Blackpool and a joint bid from Newcastle and Gateshead.
The Great Exhibition was launched by previous chancellor George Osborne to showcase the best of the North of England as part of his wider ‘northern powerhouse’ drive.
Bradford has submitted a bid centred on the National Media Museum with City Hall, St George’s Hall and Alhambra Theatre also hosting events with City Park providing a space for 10,000 people.
Sheffield is proposing to host events across the city centre with “satellite” shows also taking place in neighbouring parts of South Yorkshire.
The Government has promised £5m of funding for the event with organisers expected to find additional sponsorship and other sources of financial support.
A further £15m will be put into a “legacy fund” connected to the event.
The Great Exhibition of the North is due to take place in July and August 2018.
Sir Gary Verity, the chief executive of regional tourism agency Welcome to Yorkshire, has been asked by the Government to chair the exhibition board.
The shortlisted bids will be assessed over the summer and an announcement about the winning city is expected in October.
Harrogate and Halifax were among the other towns which had expressed an interest.