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#HelpDurhamShine - tell us what you love about Durham

It's your turn now. Over the next year (2017/18) we want you to help us Celebrate Durham as we shine a light on what an extraordinary and enlightening place our county is - a true Place of Light!

Add your voice to the Celebrating Durham campaign by tweeting @DurhamCouncil and using the hashtag #HelpDurhamShine to highlight what you love about Durham.

One lucky person each month will win a VIP visitor pass worth £400.

If you need inspiration - Watch the Durham Place of Light video first!

Here are some thoughts from people you may recognise!

The Rt Revd Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham

Rt Revd Paul Butler

"Durham's people are passionate about their heritage, increasingly positive about their future and shine a light on what is possible in our world. It is a place where people make a real difference. From the technology sector through to the celebration of heritage and regeneration that is Kynren, Durham is a guiding light."

Durham and England cricketer, Paul Collingwood

Paul Collingwood

"Durham is a very special place with hard-working, friendly people. What makes it unique is how warm the people are - how proud, educated and welcoming they can be."

Sir Thomas Allen, international opera singer and Chancellor of Durham University

Sir Thomas Allen

"Durham University is a world top 100 university which buzzes with life and energy. To see some of the research that takes place here is mind-expanding.

"Music is my life - full of interest and cast with remarkable people and astonishing venues. But it is all measured against the standard set by Durham, and Durham wins every time."

Ian Botham, Chairman of Durham County Cricket Club

Ian Botham

"Durham is a beautiful, charming place that is home to a host of stunning landscapes. It's rural, picturesque terrain is perfect for me to walk the dogs, chat with locals and de-stress from my busy schedule! There is also a perfect mix of contemporary pubs and restaurants and there is a decent spot to play cricket as well!"

Ivor Stolliday, Chair of Visit County Durham

Ivor Stolliday

"There is so much to celebrate in Durham; a county and a city with extraordinary heritage and history, glorious and unspoilt countryside, a dramatic coast and activities for everyone. Those of us lucky enough to live here can be proud of what we can enjoy, on our doorstep."

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