Great to meet the lovely @keithbrymerjones at a recent @sot2021 event @spodeworks. We obviously buy our t-shirts from the same place... but that's because we both have such great taste!
Proud to be part of #SOT2021 bid to become #cityofculture2021 . Wishing Stoke-on-Trent the best of luck for this evening from the Valentine Clay’s team, we’ve got our fingers and toes crossed 🤞🍀😍
**CITY OF CULTURE** The dust has settled. Hand shakes and congratulations shared. Thoughts collected. It’s been a real tearjerker, sitting back and reading all the posts, tweets, articles and watching the videos in the aftermath: the moment that envelope was opened soon passed and the good vibes kept on keeping on.
We were outsiders from the start, but contenders in the end. A few months ago, you know, we’d already won. People were inspired, creatives further galvanised by a wider sense of community brought about by a few determined individuals. Our history and heritage reanimated in a bigger way than before.
Longton is going to get a much needed boost. Middleport is a national treasure. The Spode site is continuing to grow. The council have said that the CoC work will continue, so let’s hope that is the case, as it’s been quite the year.
Culture and art work hand in hand with economic growth, surely. If people want to see something, they’ll probably also go to the nearby pub, have tea at a nearby restaurant, get a taxi or a bus home. They’ll probably nip to nearby shops or a park or find a bit of inspiration to visit a place they haven’t before. It’s a snowball effect that just requires a bit of belief.
Personally, it’s been a bit of a ride. I was enjoying the periphery of it all, a punter with an instagram account, but after releasing a daft single in September, I found myself on the end of questions and microphones talking about SoT. I’ve always believed in the culture of the Potteries, and having to talk it up so regularly has done nothing but bolster that belief.
There’s always been great art and culture in the city, but the SOT2021 team certainly deserve to be aggressively bear-hugged for their stellar efforts in bringing it all together. How wonderful has it been to see, hear and read such positivity about a city easily swept aside as a smoking stack of post-industrial rubble?
Let’s keep it going. Support local arts. Support local business. Support your city.
2021 is just another year now, but Stoke-on-Trent is not just another city.
It’s our city, of culture.
Well, the #sot2021 bid didn’t result in #cityofculture victory, but I have belief that the city will continue to push forward and potentially clinch victory in a bid for 2025 should that happen.
On the plus side, I did attend an event last night to watch everything happen, and I was caught on the Midlands news a few times! #disabled#gay#instagay
Well done to the #SoT2021 bid team too who should be very proud of the campaign. Being part of the bid process has seen this city come together like never before and we hope that this will continue beyond the bid process. Culture, can we do it on a wet Wednesday night in Stoke? You bet your Arts we can and WILL continue to do so!
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