Paisley’s journey continues after missing out on 2021 title
Paisley’s regeneration journey continues as it was announced by the UK Government tonight that Coventry will be the next UK City of Culture in 2021.
Our heartfelt congratulations go to Coventry – they put together a great bid and we wish them all the best for what will be a great year in 2021.
Paisley was the only town to ever make it this far in the competition and while we are disappointed not to win we are bursting with pride at what the people of this town have achieved to get us this far.
The bidding process alone has been a great thing for the town. So many people poured their heart and soul into Paisley’s bid. It has helped transform Paisley’s reputation by telling Scotland the UK and the world why we matter –raising our profile to unprecedented levels. It’s given buddies a greater sense of self-confidence after years of blows. Everyone believes in what our town can achieve.
During the two-year bid period we saw more and more people coming to Paisley – with a 25% rise in visitor numbers in 2016 and a further 23% increase in 2017. This gives us a great platform to build on and turn Paisley into a thriving destination which will attract more people and investment to the area that may not have happened otherwise. We have a lot to look forward to as we move to the next steps of our journey. Work to revitalise our economy and town centre is already happening, with major infrastructure investment confirmed over the next decade.
Paisley is now firmly established as a key destination on Scotland’s events map. Existing events such as our Halloween Festival, Sma/Shot Weave and The Spree will continue to grow, while the British Pipe Band Championships are confirmed to be held in the town until 2021. The Royal National Mòd will return, and we have even more exciting announcements for new events expected in the New Year.
The bid was only ever part of a wider journey for the town. It helped shine a spotlight on Paisley’s already vibrant cultural scene and the incredible energy from the bid process will continue to be harnessed and channelled in a positive direction.
Thanks for everything you’ve done to get us this far – now let’s move forward together