Coventry & Stoke shortlisted for 2021 City of Culture

Partnership board chairman Iain Nicolson Paisley 2021 project director Jean Cameron and young people from Pace Theatre Company celebrating the news of Paisley's shortlisting for UK City of Culture 2021

Partnership board chairman Iain Nicolson Paisley 2021 project director Jean Cameron and young people from Pace Theatre Company celebrating the news of Paisley's shortlisting for UK City of Culture 2021

It was, in the words of its 22-year-old MP Mhairi Black, a "cry for help" to the British government.

Swansea lost out to Hull in the bidding for the 2017 title, but has now been chosen alongside Coventry, Paisley, Stoke-on-Trent and Sunderland for the title in 2021.

Although it is not a city, Paisley in Renfrewshire qualifies under rules that include any settlement with a "clear central urban focus".

"I know local people will be absolutely thrilled at this news - we want to thank every one of them as they are the ones whose incredible contribution made it happen".

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Paisley 2021 bid director Jean Cameron added: "There's never been a Scottish victor and we would be thrilled to be the first - we are now Scotland's bid and would love to see the whole country get behind us".

"We wish the best of luck to the other places which join us on the shortlist, and send our best wishes to those which didn't make it through". The six places that did not make the shortlist were Warrington, Portsmouth, Wells, Perth, Hereford and the smallest city in Britain, St Davids.

In Hull it is estimated that City of Culture crown has given the city's economy a brought a boost of nearly 80 million USA dollars, with 9 out of 10 residents participating in or attending cultural events.

The victor of the award will receive a £3 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant to spend on cultural projects.

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Martin Green who is director of Hull 2017, said: "We're only halfway through the year and we're already seeing the huge benefits Hull is enjoying as UK City of Culture, not only in raising the profile of the city on a national and worldwide scale but also increasing pride and participation among the people who live and work here".

The team is now working on Sunderland's second stage bid, which will be submitted in September, before the overall victor is announced in December.

Tonight's announcement by Arts Minister John Glen also means Paisley automatically secures the Royal National Mod for 2021 as well.

"The strength of the competition showed us how valuable our cultural assets are to our towns, boosting tourism and jobs in local communities". This year has seen 2017's UK City of Culture Hull see £1billion in investment since winning the title in 2013. I am looking forward to seeing what will come in 2021.

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