FIVE British cities are eagerly awaiting an announcement on which one of them will be crowned the 2021 UK City of Culture.
Here’s what we know about the award, the previous holder, and who is likely to win this time around…
Who will win UK City of Culture 2021?
There are five cities currently shortlisted for the 2021 UK City of Culture competition.
Stoke-on-Trent, Swansea, Sunderland, Coventry and Paisley are all hoping to claim the crown.
Paisley is the favourite to win, according to Ladbrokes, with odds of 5/4.
Swansea is second at 3/1, followed by Coventry at 4/1 and Sunderland at 6/1.
Stoke comes last in the bookies rankings at 8/1.
Each city hopes to benefit from an economic boost fuelled by greater tourism and increased confidence in local businesses.
Not to mention the £3million Heritage Lottery Fund grant that comes with victory.
The final decision is made by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
But a panel of judges first has the chance to make their recommendation to the government department based on the cities’ bids.
The final announcement will be made in Hull during the BBC’s The One Show tonight.
Who won in 2017?
The winner of the 2017 UK City of Culture was Hull in East Yorks.
The port city was named winner in 2013 after seeing off stiff competition for the accolade from Dundee, Leicester and Swansea.
Hull City Council leader Stephen Brady said at the time the honour, awarded every four years, would help the city shake off its drab reputation that has seen it become a fixture of the notorious Crap Towns book series.
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The city has seen hundreds of cultural events since the year-long Hull 2017 celebrations began in January.
Hundreds of thousands of people have flocked to the events which culminated in the Turner Prize being awarded in the city this week.
One of the most high profile of those was Blade, in which a 250ft long wind turbine blade was placed in the city centre.
And the Queen was greeted by cheering crowds after arriving in Hull last month to celebrate its City of Culture 2017 accolade.
23 stone woman died in her bathtub ‘after her cruel boyfriend deliberately left her stuck there for 10 days’
A 23-stone woman has died after her husband allegedly left her stuck in their bathtub for ten days. The man named only as Guenter S, 58, is accused of not helping Simone W after she became wedged into the bath at their home in Beckum, in North Rhine Westphalia, Germany. The woman, who tipped the […]
A 23-stone woman has died after her husband allegedly left her stuck in their bathtub for ten days.
The man named only as Guenter S, 58, is accused of not helping Simone W after she became wedged into the bath at their home in Beckum, in North Rhine Westphalia, Germany.
The woman, who tipped the scales at 148kg (326 lbs) could not get out, but rather than call for help or attempt to get her out himself, he is accused of just providing her with snacks, drinks and her medication for more than a week.
When he finally called the emergency services for help 10 days later, they arrived only to rule that she had died two days previously.
Police confirmed they have arrested the man on a charge of ‘abandonment resulting in death’, with a spokesperson confirming they believe the woman would have been calling for help.
Public prosecutor, Ralf Hinkelmann, 45, said the defendant “left the victim helpless, ignoring her cries for help.”
But the defendant refutes the claim, with it reported in local media that he said: “She did not let herself be helped, mind your own frigging business.”
The incident happened on 14th June 2017. Guenter heard a bang from the bathroom, and found his wife fallen in the bath lying down.
The man, who claimed she refused his help, said: “She had hit the shelf on the head in the fall, shards were lying all around.”
Furious, Guenter had then brought her her tablet and mobile phone into the room, saying: “If you need help, get it yourself. You don’t want it from me anyway.”
Simone had allegedly refused help for days, making the bathtub “comfortable”, playing on her tablet in warm water, while her husband brought her coffee in the morning and bought her newspapers.
By the time the defendant called emergency services on 27th June, his wife had already been dead for at least two days. It is believed she died of pneumonia.
The case is due to continue in January.
The Queen’s beaming smile as Christmas shoppers wave to her outside the Royal Family’s favourite hotel
ROYAL watchers gave the Queen a festive cheer as she was spotted paying a visit to her family’s favourite London hotel. She emerged clutching what looked like a present from The Goring in Belgravia to be greeted by cries of “We Love You Ma’am!” Wearing a magenta-coloured skirt and jacket she waved to the Christmas […]
ROYAL watchers gave the Queen a festive cheer as she was spotted paying a visit to her family’s favourite London hotel.
She emerged clutching what looked like a present from The Goring in Belgravia to be greeted by cries of “We Love You Ma’am!”
The Queen leaves the Goring Hotel in London for Christmas Lunch[/caption]
Hotel MD David Morgan-Hewitt – known as Big Dave – says goodbye[/caption]
Wearing a magenta-coloured skirt and jacket she waved to the Christmas shoppers that had gathered to see her as she arrived and then later left the luxury establishment.
Her Maj appeared to be clutching a Christmas gift as she was waved off by David Morgan-Hewitt, affectionately known as ‘Big Dave’, managing director of the five-star luxury hotel.
According to The Goring website, Mr Morgan-Hewitt has “overseen some of the hotel’s greatest and exciting periods of transformation” in his 26 years at hotel.
Last year, the Queen chose the hotel as the setting for a private lunch with some of her senior servants and advisers when a drunk man had to be escorted from the building.
The hotel was chosen by the Middleton family as their base for the Royal wedding in 2011[/caption]
Mr Morgan-Hewitt has overseen some ‘exciting periods of transformation’ in his 26 years at hotel[/caption]
It’s believed the Queen had been lunching at the hotel again today.
The hotel was chosen by the Middleton family as their base for the Royal wedding in 2011.
Earlier today it was reported the Queen is angry with the Metropolitan Police over her security detail.
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The Queen keeps reportedly being assigned different police guards, rather than just the one.
The top Royals are assigned dedicated personal protection officers who accompany them on their travels.
But the Monarch is reportedly being given different ones, meaning she doesn’t know them.
Jeremy Corbyn launched Labour Muslim group headed by activist who claimed ‘Israel has no right to exist’
JEREMY Corbyn was on hand to help launch the new Labour Muslim Network last night – but the group is headed by an activist who claimed “Israel has no right to exist”. Ali Miliani has previously had to apologise after suggesting Jewish people were “stingy” and said Israel is “a land built on ethnic cleansing”. […]
JEREMY Corbyn was on hand to help launch the new Labour Muslim Network last night – but the group is headed by an activist who claimed “Israel has no right to exist”.
Ali Miliani has previously had to apologise after suggesting Jewish people were “stingy” and said Israel is “a land built on ethnic cleansing”.
The vice president of the National Union of Students posted on Twitter pictures of himself with Mr Corbyn in Parliament last night, along with the Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell and Labour MPs Dawn Butler and Rupa Huq.
The new group advertises itself as “an inclusive organisation supporting British Muslims’ engagement in the political process and with Labour, based on our shared values of social justice and equality”.
A host of other MPs were in attendance, including Karen Lee, Kate Green, Karen Buck, Naz Shah, Tam Dhesi, Afzal Khan and Wes Streeting.
But Mr Milani, whilst a student at Brunel University, posted a tweet which read: “Nah u won’t mate it will cost you a pound #jew.”
It was revealed earlier this year as he ran for his NUS role that he had also sent a message stating that “Israel has no right to exist”.
He also said: “Israel is a land built on ethnic cleansing and colonialism.
“Oppression is something your people should know about.”
And he also responded to a tweet by Piers Morgan by calling him “a Zionist”.
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After facing uproar from other students he told the Tab university news site: “I have apologised unreservedly for these comments before and I do so again.
“They do not reflect how I see the world today.
“These tweets are from an incredibly long time ago – when I was 16 to 17 years old. It’s unacceptable, I know that now. Education taught me that.”
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