What has Sunderland’s City of Culture competition done?

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Today it was announced who Sunderland’s official competition is in the City of Culture title race. We take a look at the 11 we need to beat.

•Cardiff

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Cardiff Bay

Highlights include the Millennium Stadium (the national stadium for the Wales national rugby union team) and the fact Doctor Who has been made there by BBC Wales since 2005.

•Coventry

The Jaguar Land Rover Global Headquarters is in Whitley, Coventry. It also boasts Coventry Cathedral, which was built after the destruction of the 14th century cathedral church of Saint Michael by the German Luftwaffe in the Coventry Blitz of 14 November 1940

•Hereford-

Home of Hereford racecourse. Composer Sir Edward Elgar lived at Plas Gwyn in Hereford between 1904 and 1911, writing some of his most famous works during that time.

•Paisley

Birthplace of the pattern, popularised by Queen Victoria, as well as singer Paolo Nutini

•Perth

A sculpture of the Fair Maid of Perth, by Graham Ibbeson, sits at the east end of the pedestrianised High Street. It refers to the novel of the same name by Sir Walter Scott.

•Portsmouth

A significant naval port for centuries, Portsmouth has the world’s oldest dry dock and was England’s first line of defence during the French invasion in 1545.

•St Davids

It is Britain’s smallest city in terms of both size and population. Whitesands Bay, about two miles west of St. Davids, has been described as the best surfing beach in Pembrokeshire and one of the best tourist beaches in the world.

•Stoke

Home of the pottery industry in EnglanD. Robbie Williams is the most famous pop star to hail from the city

•Swansea

Has hosted The National Eisteddfod of Wales numerous time: its eight days of competitions and performances are considered the largest music and poetry festival in Europe

•Warrington

It served as the largest US Army Air Force airfield outside the United States in WW2, and was visited by major American celebrities like Humphrey Bogart and Bob Hope

•Wells

Hot Fuzz was filmed there. During World War II, Stoberry Park in Wells was the location of a prisoner-of-war camp, housing Italian prisoners from the Western Desert Campaign, and later German prisoners after the Battle of Normandy.