1. ITV Report

City of Culture to be announced today

Coventry Cathedral and the potteries in Stoke-on-Trent Photo: PA/ ITV News Central

The next UK City of Culture is to be announced this evening (7 December).

In the Midlands, Coventry and Stoke-on-Trent are competing for the title, with Paisley, Sunderland and Swansea elsewhere.

Coventry bid organisers said they want to invite the world to venture past our beloved ring road' and explore the heritage and invention of the city which has twice been the capital of England.

The Stoke bid brings together six towns - Burslem, Fenton, Hanley, Longton, Stoke and Tunstall - to capitalise on a 'once in a generation opportunity' to benefit the area.

The announcement will be made in the current City of Culture Hull.

While there is no monetary prize attached to the UK City of Culture title, Hull received more than £30 million in funding from the Government, Heritage Lottery Fund and other arts bodies, while tourism was substantially boosted in the area.

Judging panel chair Phil Redmond said:

The appetite for using culture to bring about regeneration and to strengthen communities is clearly stronger than ever.

Overall the panel thought that five cities' bids showed the potential to deliver a UK City of Culture 2021 programme. I want to thank all bidders for all their work.

– City of Culture judge, Phil Redmond

Competition judges visited the five 2021 candidates earlier this year.