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Your messages of support

"Coventry is a brilliant example of "unity in diversity", I have been living in Coventry for just a year but i am extremely fascinated by the joyful spirit that runs through each and every citizen bounding them together as a family despite their race, age, sexuality etc. I cannot wait to see the changes in Coventry during the upcoming years."

Harmanpreet Randhawa

India

"Being a Coventry Ambassador has reinforced how proud I am to be from this city. My parents came from Latvia in 1947  and settled here because of the offer of employment and soon felt welcomed. Coventry has a long well-deserved reputation for welcoming people from all over the world. We Coventry Ambassadors can't wait for the chance to meet many more!"

Astrid

Wolvey

"Coventry is a fab place to live. The City of Peace and Reconciliation has so much to offer! Fantastic culture, unique history, top class amenities and a family friendly atmosphere, Coventry truly is an amazing city! "

Mike S

Nuneaton

"Its a better city than all those other ones and it has so much potential! I came here 14 years ago and to compare what it was then to what it is now are like 2 different worlds. So imagine how much further it can go."

Coventry

"Great city and good events"

Shane turkington

Coventry

"Coventry has a rich heritage and history which needs to be celebrated world renown. From our beloved Ska music to our vast amount of Irish residents living within the city's boundaries. Coventry is the city of peace and reconciliation and has always welcomed migrants to the city as we embrace all cultures and ethnic groups."

Luke Mannion

Holbrooks

"I think Coventry has so many great things going on it should be the city of culture "

Carolyn

Arley

"Brilliant city worthy of being City of Culture."

Hannah

Coventry

"I see this as a real opportunity to transform Coventry, both to grow the latent interest in culture but also to generate cultural interest and enthusiasm amongst the many tens of thousands of students who are being educated here... providing a lasting benefit for the wider world and not just for our city."

Bill

Coventry

"Our City is built on three key principles - diversity, acceptance and peace. I am so proud to call this place home!"

Javed Sheikh

Coventry

"There is a lot to discover in Coventry! A mixture of history and modern is what makes Coventry a great city!"

Keith Chester Dacanay

Derby

"They say home is where the heart is, and my heart has always been in Coventry. I’ve thought hard about why I feel so passionate and proud about this humble Midland City, and why I feel so happy and at home being within its borders. I think it comes down to it playing a large part in shaping me, my choice of career & hobbies, and what drives me today. As kids we would make many trips into town, embracing Coventry's modernist spirit when walking around Sir Donald Gibson’s precinct and Sir Basil Spence's Cathedral, or when visiting the Herbert and the Transport Museum, and when going swimming at Fairfax Street baths, and to shows and pantomimes at the Belgrade Theatre. I loved the City's planned streetscape, the bold and unfussy appearance of its buildings, and its imposing elevated ring road, where as a child I loved gazing out of the car across the City's skyline of spires and tower blocks. The old left an equally strong impression; you can't help but feel in awe as you walk through the ruins of Coventry Cathedral, and as you reflect on how it came to be and the strong symbolic link it creates with the new cathedral. I find Coventry inspiring and beautiful and it has driven my career working in the built environment. Both the City's medieval and progressive modernist architecture are something to celebrate. Coventry had confidence in itself after the war, and it is finding that again now. Knowing people that worked at the City's Massey Ferguson, Jaguar and Peugeot factories, and visiting those factories and their sports & social clubs was exciting for a young Cov Kid. Seeing these large, commanding places of industry sitting cheek by jowl with houses and my modernist senior school gave me a buzz. Running the Cov Fun Run for the first time and actually doing quite well in it, is an experience that has stuck with me. I loved racing alongside the hundreds of other runners, being cheered on by the crowds, running under makeshift showers people had erected in the street and sprinting down the avenue of trees in the War Memorial Park. These were my streets I was pounding, and have continued to pound ever since. I will never forget my first experiences of an atmospheric floodlit evening football match at Highfield Road and the Ricoh Arena, the smell of petrol at a Brandon speedway meeting, players slamming against the Perspex sides at a Skydome ice hockey game, and watching rugby being played on a rain soaked pitch at Coundon Road and the Butts. It makes you realise we are lucky to have such a rich sporting heritage in the City. I have been able to see some amazing live bands at the Colly and the Godiva Festival and recognising songs like Ghost Town, A Message to You Rudy and Gangsters without ever having to consciously sit down to listen to them is a skill only a Cov Kid can have. I don't think you can be anything other than proud when you understand Coventry's history and the massive potential you see within it. The current success of City's two universities, along with the inventors, engineers, poets and musicians that can call Coventry their home, are worthy of the legacy of the City's most treasured icon - Lady Godiva. To me the City has always felt grounded and honest, in its appearance, in its industry, and in its culture; it's the city that raised me and contributed to shaping the life I have now. This is Coventry! And it's ours! And this is Coventry's time!"

Daniel

Coventry