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Coventry wins UK City of Culture 2021
Coventry Cathedral

On Friday 8th December it was announced live on BBC One's The One Show that Coventry had won its bid to become the UK City of Culture in 2021. The city beat off strong competition from Paisley, Stoke, Sunderland and Swansea. Work will start right away to the deliver the plans for an incredible 12 months.

Coventry Cathedral played a key role in the bid. Commenting on the news on Friday, the Dean of Coventry, the Very Revd John Witcombe said:

“We are delighted to have been at the heart of Coventry’s successful bid to be UK City of Culture 2021. We are so proud of our city, and everyone who has worked in such close partnership to make this dream a reality. As we continue to work together and draw our diverse communities across the city and region into a shared celebration of our rich culture, this will have a huge impact on the quality of our common life, and bring real and lasting economic benefit. The Cathedral will be at the centre of our city’s preparations and celebrations and we know that we have a big task on our hands to meet and exceed expectations for a world class programme that draws on our own rich arts heritage, and offers something memorable back to the world for a new generation, just as we did in the year of our consecration in 1962. This is a new beginning for Coventry, for her Cathedral, for our international role in peace and reconciliation, for our future.

This will be a demanding as well as an exciting time for the Cathedral staff, volunteers and community. Do pray that God will sustain and direct us in these coming four years, help us to make the most of all the opportunities to share the love and grace we are given widely and indiscriminately, and see the Kingdom grow in this place. It’s going to be quite an adventure – and we are proud to be part of it!”