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Bristol Mayor vows to swap signature red trousers for green ones… if city named EU Green Capital 2015

Tuesday, 28 May 2013
The Independent Mayor of Bristol, George Ferguson, has pledged to swap his signature red trousers for green ones… but only if Bristol is named European Green Capital 2015.

The Mayor led the Bristol delegation as they delivered their pitch before the competition judges in Brussels on Friday. He hopes thousands of new jobs would be created in the city if named European Green Capital at its third attempt.

Speaking after the bid presentation, Mr Ferguson said: “it went really well, we worked really well together as a team and we've got a variety of interests and expertise here. I think we engaged and amused the panel, and they said so. So somebody else has got to win it because we certainly did not lose it.

We are the UK’s greenest city and I think we’ve got absolute determination and commitment to this in a way that very few other cities could possibly have. I will be seeing this right through to 2016 and I am prepared to fight the battles to make quite sure that we do become the green city that we aspire to be.

[If we win] I’ll be changing the colour of my trousers from red to green – at least for a day or two!

The capital of the West Country has made the final shortlist for the European Green Capital award for the second year running and in its third attempt. In the final shortlist for the 2015 award, Bristol faces off against two European Capital cities: Brussels and Ljubljana, as well as Scotland’s largest city Glasgow.

After sensationally reaching the final shortlist for the 2014 award and learning they had lost out for the second time last June, the bid team revealed last July they had submitted another application for the 2015 award and beat off competition from Bydgoszcz, Dublin and Kaunas to make the shortlist.

The winner will be announced at a ceremony on 14 June 2013 in Nantes, France, the current European Green Capital.

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