What a wonderful sight it was, to see the new graduates resplendent in their gowns in the city centre. They posed for pictures with their parents in front of the cathedral, and by the fountains, as they prepared to embark on an exciting new chapter in their own Book Of Life. Walking past, I swear, you could feel the pride and joy radiating from the parents as their pride and joy – their son or daughter – enjoyed the pageantry of their big day. It created a real vibrancy in the city centre – more, I would suggest than another restaurant chain would. It underlined why the city desperately needs a university, and the student population that goes with it.
It is long overdue. We have been promised we are finally getting one – even if it took an outrageous bribe in the form of support for the horrible (and now it seems shambolic) Combined Authority.
Don’t let us down.