Meriden MP, Dame Caroline Spelman has offered ‘a hearty congratulations’ to the City of Coventry after it was declared the winners in the competition to be the UK City of Culture for 2021.
The winner was announced live on BBC One at around 7.30pm. The other cities in the running for the title were Swansea, Paisley, Stoke-on-Trent and Sunderland.
Coventry’s leaders expect that the City of Culture title will provide the city with a significant economic boost; not least through increased tourism. Previous winners, Hull, were said to receive an additional £60 million through investment and tourism as a result of the title.
Following the announcement, the Meriden MP, whose constituency borders the North West of Coventry wrote to the City of Culture Trust’s leader, David Burbidge, to congratulate the bid team and the city of Coventry on their success.
Text of the Letter
I write to offer hearty congratulations to you and to the city of Coventry following your success in the competition to be the UK City of Culture 2021. Competition in this year’s race was fierce and I hope you would join me in offering our sincere thanks and commiserations to the cities of Paisley, Stoke on Trent, Sunderland and Swansea.
It is positive that the bid has already brought together so many people from across our region to help showcase the very best that the city has to offer in terms of its arts, culture, history and diversity. As a local Member of Parliament, I was pleased to be able to work closely with colleagues from opposition parties in Parliament to support your bid.
It is my sincere hope that in the coming years you will succeed in growing Coventry’s positive reputation - not just as a city of peace and reconciliation, but as a one of the UK’s most significant cultural and artistic centres.
If I can be of further support to Coventry’s City of Culture Team during the coming years, please do not hesitate to contact me again.
Again, please accept my very best wishes following your success.
- Rt Hon Dame Caroline Spelman MP