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UK City of Culture 2021: Can Coventry rise up from grimy decline?

December 8, 2017
Young ska fans in Coventry in 1980Image copyrightToni Tye/PYMCA/REX/Shutterstock
Image caption Young ska fans in Coventry in 1980

What was it like growing up in Coventry, and how can being UK City of Culture in 2021 help it continue to regain its confidence?

Going to school in Coventry in the 1970s, there was what probably nobody yet called a shared narrative about the big, busy city we all lived in.

The storyline was a bit depressing, but it was pretty undeniable.

Coventry had attracted tens of thousands of newcomers, such as my parents, in the 1950s.

In the 1960s jobs were plentiful and wages high – it felt like a city going places and there was an air of renewal after the destruction brought by World War Two.