Solihull Borough MP, Dame Caroline Spelman, has lent her support to Coventry for its bid to be chosen as the next UK City of Culture 2021. Speaking in a Westminster Hall debate on 5th September, the MP highlighted the ‘indomitable spirit’ of the city and argued that the way in which this city re-built itself as a place of peace and reconciliation after the devastation of the Second World War makes it a strong contender for the City of Culture title.
Speaking about the bid, Dame Caroline said, “Nothing epitomises the cultural renaissance in the city better than Coventry Cathedral which hosts a plethora of events and focusses on peace and reconciliation at a time when the world needs it”.
“However the city also benefits from many arts venues which draw an audiences from across the region and the presence of two outstanding universities make a significant contribution to this diverse and welcoming city’.
“In pursuing the 2021 City of Culture title, I am pleased that Coventry has the support of the West Midlands Mayor, Andy Street, which serves to demonstrate the willingness of the whole region who are proudly backing the bid in support of the city. It is key to their success that as many people as possible get involved and back the bid”.