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Two gems up for title

Two gems up for title

West Midlands UKIP MEP James Carver is hoping one of two cities within his constituency will be chosen as the nation’s 2021 cultural gem.

Both Coventry and Stoke-on-Trent are vying for the lucrative title – City of Culture – and the chance of a multi-million pound boost to their economy.

The Midland cities are up against Sunderland, Paisley and Swansea and the winner, to be decided next week, will receive a £3 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

But more than that, the special status will give the chosen city the capacity to follow the success of current titleholder Hull, which is experiencing a reported £60 million boost to its economy.


Mr Carver said: “To have two cities in the West Midlands shortlisted for this coveted title demonstrates the importance of the region nationally.

“Stoke-on-Trent, otherwise known as The Potteries, home to Josiah Wedgwood is the world capital of ceramics and Coventry, the centre of the motor industry, has a rich heritage and is looking for the chance to showcase and enhance its organisations and help nurture new creative industries.

“It will be a tough decision for the City of Culture panel members to make. I just hope they are torn between Coventry and Stoke-on-Trent. I wish them both the best of luck.”



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