Following Bablake's enthusiastic support for Coventry's campaign to be named UK City of Culture for 2021, the news last night that our city had won the bid was received with much elation.
Suitably, the timing of the winning bid allowed Theatre and Events Technician, Mr Malcolm Wyatt, to announce the excellent news during the interval of our current drama production, the impressive musical 'Anything Goes'.
Headmaster Mr John Watson sees the City of Culture award as a fantastic opportunity for Coventry, its neighbours and of course our school:
"The vibrant diversity of our city is proudly represented at Bablake and our pupils will undoubtedly benefit from the cultural and economic aspects of this great accolade. Coventry has a unique mission of peace and reconciliation to a fractured world, and winning the bid will allow us to celebrate and promote that message as we extend the hand of friendship and welcome beyond our richly inclusive community. Well done, Coventry! Exciting times ahead!"
Coventry's journey, from ghost town in the late 80s - after the collapse of many of the city's traditional industries and large employers - to host town for 2021, is a story of resurgence, new hope and regeneration. The impressive advance of Coventry University and companies such as Jaguar Land Rover have had a big impact on revitalising our city. The award of the City of Culture status will surely further rebuild Coventry's reputation worldwide.
We are thrilled that Coventry has been named UK City of Culture 2021, and look forward to the many fantastic opportunities this will bring.