As yesterday drew to a close, so did the Perth bid to be the UK City of Culture Host in 2021.
It was announced last night that the Scottish city put forward to the shortlist was Paisley alongside other the other bids from Coventry, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland and Swansea.
Councillor Ian Campbell, Leader of Perth & Kinross Council, said, “Perth is a small city with huge ambitions, and the experience of developing our bid has absolutely cemented our conviction that we can achieve these.
“This is in no small part thanks to everyone who was involved in the mammoth task of putting together our stage 1 bid. This was a process that started a year ago, when we first approached communities and asked them what they wanted to celebrate, share and change about Perth. You responded magnificently, with support, inspiration and suggestions. Thank you to each and every one of you.
I’m glad a Scottish contender is still in the running: congratulations to Paisley, which has the full support of the Perth2021 team. They are running a fantastic campaign and have done a great job of raising the profile of the area.”
Perth & Kinross Council Chief Executive Bernadette Malone added, “The process of bidding for UK City of Culture has taught us a lot. We entered this competition clear about the benefits it would bring for the regeneration and growth of Perth. While we are saddened to be leaving the competition at this stage, the connections we have made, and the experience this has given us has given us has helped us to put together strong bids for other events and funding, including the Tay Cities Deal and the Great Place Scheme.
Even although Perth didn’t make it to the shortlist, this last year has shown just what Perth can offer both to visitors and local residents and that in itself is an achievement.