NHSGGC backs Paisley’s bid for City of Culture 2021

We are backing Paisley’s bid to be crowned UK City of Culture in 2021 - a move anticipated to spur on regeneration in Scotland’s largest town.

The UK City of Culture competition is awarded by the UK Government’s Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

It aims to find a town or a city outside London that has something really special, a place that has exciting and ambitious plans to make a radical step change in its cultural life and the fabric of its communities.

This is an exciting time for the town, presenting its population with a major opportunity to revive Paisley and reconnect with its historic culture.

Dr Emilia Crighton, Public Health consultant, said: “It’s wonderful that Paisley is so committed to winning the race to be declared UK City of Culture in 2021.

“Paisley is home to some of the most deprived communities in Scotland; however culture has the power to promote wellness and creates bonds. It presents the opportunity to bring about change in society that will benefit everyone.

“Glasgow is the perfect example of a city that transformed itself through culture when it was named European City of Culture in 1990 and Paisley has all the ingredients to be just as successful.

“This is a great opportunity to attract inward investment, appeal to thousands of visitors through tourism and create jobs. These are all important aspects in promoting wellness which is where individuals, and a town as a whole, enjoy positive physical and mental health benefits.” Renfrewshire Council believes the regeneration of the town's culture sector could help support 250 new jobs and bring £88m to the local economy.

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