Coventry named as UK's city of culture for 2021

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The competition is held every four years, with Derry-Londonderry the first winner in 2013: PA

Coventry has been named as the next UK City of Culture in 2021, beating competition from Swansea, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland and Paisley.

The announcement was made in Hull - the current UK City of Culture, which is nearing the end of its year-long celebration.

The competition is held every four years, with Derry-Londonderry named as the first winner in 2013.

Despite being pelted by bombs during World War II, the city has managed to sustain a rich cultural heritage.

Claims to fame include being the place where the jet engine was invented; the centre of the motoring industry, and the location of world-famous watch manufacturers Rotherham & Sons.

Famous sons and daughters include the poet Philip Larkin, author Lee Child, The Specials, and pioneering musician Delia Derbyshire, best-known for creating the Doctor Who theme tune.

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