We’re united to back City of Cul­ture bid

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

THE whole West Mid­lands is back­ing Coven­try’s bid to be UK City of Cul­ture 2021, the Gov­ern­ment has been told.

Caro­line Spel­man, MP for Meri­den, sup­ported Coven­try’s bid when she spoke in the House of Com­mons.

Coven­try, Pais­ley, Stoke-onTrent, Sun­der­land and Swansea are in the run­ning to be named UK City of Cul­ture for 2021.

The shortlist was se­lected in July from a group of 11 towns and cities that had reg­is­tered bids to take over the host ti­tle, cur­rently held by Hull.

The win­ner of the award, which comes with a £3 mil­lion Her­itage Lottery Fund grant, will be cho­sen in De­cem­ber.

Dame Caro­line (Con) told a House of Com­mons de­bate: “It is ex­cit­ing for all of us to know that Coven­try has made the shortlist and is now in a five-way race to win this ti­tle.”

She told MPs that Coven­try Cathe­dral was a sym­bol of “rec­on­cil­i­a­tion and peace” fol­low­ing its de­struc­tion in the Sec­ond World War.

She said: “We live at the mo­ment in such a trou­bled, un­sta­ble world, and Coven­try has a par­tic­u­lar mis­sion.

“Coven­try is a city at the heart of the coun­try, and in­cred­i­bly well con­nected. It is easy to get to, and it is fo­cused on hu­man con­nect­ed­ness.”

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