Why I'm backing the City of Culture bid: Clint Jones
THE possibility of Plymouth as a Capital of Culture would not have been something the city would even have considered only a few years ago. However, the last few years have seen us truly raise our game and prove that we can host major events, that we do have the desire to improve the internal and external perceptions of Plymouth and that we are willing to prove to the world that we really are a world city in waiting.
Plymouth holds a place at the centre of our country's history, but despite this we have spent a long time out of the national spotlight. I often recall the conversations I had with friends when I told them I was moving here from Manchester. 'Why would you go there? It's really grey and covered in concrete'. Yet now, when those same friends come to visit, they see it for what it really is – a beautiful, architecturally vibrant and cultured city on the waterfront.
So I back the bid. I do believe we are ready and I think that the benefits to the city would be phenomenal. You only have to look at Krakow, Liverpool and Cork as examples of how to make the most of the status. Urban regeneration, international profile and a chance for all of the cultural groups in the city to work together to show what an amazing place this is to live and work.
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