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Coventry throws support behind culture bid

PUBLISHED: 15:05 24 October 2017

Jim Cunningham, Laura McMillan, Andy Street, David Burbidge

Jim Cunningham, Laura McMillan, Andy Street, David Burbidge

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One of the cities hoping to become UK City of Culture in 2021 had its champions turn out in force on a trip to London

Coventry is one of the locations to have made the shortlist for the prestigious award, which includes a £3million Heritage Lottery Fund grant, and gathered more than 100 individuals from art, culture, community, business and politics who met at the Thames Pavilion in the Houses of Parliament.

Coventry South MP Jim Cunningham sponsored the event and the audience also heard from Laura McMillan, Coventry City of Culture Trust Manager; David Burbidge, Coventry City of Culture Trust Chairman; and West Midlands Mayor Andy Street.

Coventry’s bid film was previewed at the event and showcased the city as a place of welcome, innovation and culture.

Laura McMillan said: “Two years ago, I took a chance on Coventry when I left my role to work on the UK City of Culture bid and I have never looked back.

“Like so many others, I wasn’t born in Coventry but it has become my home. I can really see what winning UK City of Culture would do for Coventry in addressing inequality, in driving the economy, in championing creativity and in the legacy it would leave.

“It’s a chance to do something so special for Coventry and we really believe we can win it.”

Other cities in the running include Paisley, Sunderland, Swansea and Stoke-on-Trent. The winner will be announced in December.

For more information, visit www.coventry2021.co.uk.

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