The world-beating Brownlee brothers are backing Bradford’s bid to host the Great Exhibition of the North.
Champion triathletes Alistair and Jonny Brownlee spent their formative years in the city, attending Bradford Grammar School.
They said: “We are very proud to give our full support to Bradford’s exciting bid to host the Great Exhibition of the North.
“We loved our time at Bradford Grammar School and without the support we received during our education we probably would not have been become professional athletes.
“We have a great attachment to the city, which is young, diverse and enterprising, and believe that it would be the perfect place to showcase all the wonderful and inspiring things happening in the North of England now and in the future.”
The city is aiming to stage a two-month spectacular to showcase the best of art, culture and design in the North of England to national and international audiences.
Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, Council Leader, said: “We are delighted that our bid has been endorsed by Alistair and Jonny Brownlee.
“Their achievements as professional athletes are truly inspiring and they are fantastic role models for young people everywhere.
“Alistair and Jonny are great ambassadors for Bradford and the North of England and show what is possible through hard work, spirit and determination.”
Alistair attended Bradford Grammar School between 1998-2006 while his younger brother Jonny attended between 1998-2008.
The Bradford bid team is working hard to finalise its proposals for the Great Exhibition.
Towns and cities across the North have been invited to submit bids before June 30. The Government has asked Sir Gary Verity to oversee the project.
The Bradford team will be promoting the city to the Government-appointed bid committee as an ambitious, confident and forward-looking place with a young and diverse population, strong business community, an innovative technology sector, vibrant arts and cultural scene, great connectivity and excellent quality of life.