Perth worth a 2021 flutter

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IT HAS been a city for cen­turies, but only re­gained its sta­tus in 2002.

Now Perth has been boosted in its bid for 2021 City of Cul­ture sta­tus af­ter book­mak­ers made it the 7/2 favourite, ahead of Coven­try at 4/1.

The news has de­lighted the bid’s or­gan­is­ers, in­clud­ing coun­cil leader Ian Miller, who said: “It’s in­ter­est­ing to know what oth­ers think of our prospects. We have a great plan to im­prove the cul­tural ameni­ties in the city, in­clud­ing plans to ren­o­vate Perth The­atre and a scheme to re­gen­er­ate the City Hall.”

The SNP coun­cil­lor, how­ever, said a plan to bring the Stone of Des­tiny back from Ed­in­burgh Cas­tle to place it at the heart of a new cul­tural de­vel­op­ment would be the “cream on the cake”.

Mr Miller added: “The over­whelm­ing re­sponse to the bid of the peo­ple is our num­ber one as­set. It’s ex­cit­ing times and I might have a wee flutter.”

Wil­liam Hill has odds of 6/1 on ri­vals Pais­ley and 14/1 on Aberdeen. A de­ci­sion is due be­fore the sum­mer.

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