There’s only one word to describe my feelings on the news that Stoke-on-Trent won’t be the UK city of Culture in 2021. Gutted.
It’s been an incredible journey and despite the disappointing result, I am incredibly proud of all that has been done to promote our wonderful city to the rest of the UK.
I’d like to thank the bidding team for all their hard work in putting together a very compelling case for Stoke-on-Trent. I’d like to pay particular tribute to Paul Williams, who has championed Stoke-on-Trent as a potential city of culture for many years. I would like to thank the Sentinel for their unwavering support of the campaign, BBC Stoke, Signal and all other media outlets who have championed our bid day in and day out.
But most importantly, I would like to thank the people of Stoke-on-Trent. They’ve put up posters, voted in online polls, and updated their Facebook and Twitter to lobby the judges, given brilliant TV and radio interviews to show to the rest of the country what an incredible city we live in. A city rich in history, diversity and ingenuity.
So whilst we are all disappointed with the result. Let’s make a promise to continue to work together, to show the same level of excitement and pride in our city and to ensure that Stoke-on-Trent remains in the headlines as a city on the up, proud of its past and excited for its future.