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Britain’s Smallest City: St Davids, Pembrokeshire to Bid for 2021 City of Culture


The UK’s smallest city, St Davids in Pembrokeshire, is confident it can become the 2021 City of Culture, with the council’s cabinet eager to take forward their bid for the prestigious title.

Voting on Monday, members and skateholders will now work in coalition to create a formal bid, having to make their way through many stages in order to be considered for the 2021 City of Culture accreditation. The final decision will then be revealed in December of this year.

While just 2,000 live in the tiny community, St Davids boasts a great  name amongst tourists, famous for its beautiful cathedral and home to the Patron Saint of Wales, St David.

1747601_77b0d781Pressing on this popularity when initially showing interest in the 2021 title, the paper before the council said St Davids is “steeped in history and heritage… with a remarkable asset base for its size”.

Needing to knock current title-holders Hull off the top spot, The UK City of Culture programme was born from the success of Liverpool as European Capital of Culture 2008. Derry-Londonderry was the first UK City of Culture in 2013, but does St Davids have what it takes to reign supreme in 2021?

In a report to Pembrokeshire council’s cabinet Dr Jones, director of development, suggests so;

“Looking beyond the immediate city boundaries there is a case to consider including parts of North Pembrokeshire, perhaps as far as Fishguard. This would more strongly bring in to play the cultural identity of North Pembrokeshire through for example the Welsh language, as well as the asset base at Fishguard.”

“Whilst the scale and asset base in St Davids and surrounding area may not be as large as other potential competitors for the award the county can demonstrate a successful track record in staging major events.”