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Sir Ian McKellan supports Tower Hamlets’ borough of culture bid

PUBLISHED: 15:18 14 November 2017 | UPDATED: 15:18 14 November 2017

Sir Ian McKellen and co-owner of The Grapes Sean Mathias.

Sir Ian McKellen and co-owner of The Grapes Sean Mathias.

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Sir Ian McKellan has supported Tower Hamlets’ bid to be named the London borough of culture.

The actor, whose credits include Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and Magneto in the X-Men series, has lived in the borough since 1980 and owns The Grapes pub in Limehouse.

He said: “The variety of cultures available in the Borough remains perhaps its most admirable characteristic. History and the future go hand in hand.

“The diversity is what has kept me here for nearly forty years. Within walking distance of my home, there is the bronze-age casting foundry overlooking the Limehouse Basin at the start of Britain’s canal system.

“In the other direction stands Wilton’s Music Hall, one of the most remarkable ancient theatres in the capital.”

He added: “Sometimes I feel we live in a corridor between the City and Canary Wharf, unregarded by the daily traffic, west to east and west again. Anything that helps to bring us together is welcome.

“That is why I enthusiastically support Tower Hamlets’ bid to become the London borough of culture.”

The bids will close on December 1 and will then be submitted to the mayor of London for the final decision.

The winner will be announced in February 2018. To support Tower Hamlets’ bid online visit thbackthebid.co.uk.

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