Recently, we've been following Stoke-on-Trent's City of Culture 2021 bid with keen interest - and we can't tell you how excited we are that we're officially in the race.
Now we're jumping for joy as Stoke-on-Trent has been named the 11th most cultural places to live in Britain by the Times! Not only does this go to show just how much The Potteries has to offer regarding art and creativity, but it also serves to fortify the bid for 2021. Great stuff.
What's interesting is the fact that Stoke falls just one place below Hull in the listing - the UK's current 'City of Culture.'
Among the highlights used to justify the placing include Gladstone Pottery Museum, the 'world-class pottery', the comparatively low average house prices at £126,938 and Emma Bridgewater's snazzy teapots.
There's a real buzz in the air at the moment. Speaking to The Sentinel, Emma Bridgewater expressed her excitement:
"Stoke-on-Trent is really rediscovering and celebrating its cultural roots, and it's great to see the city's ceramic heritage being highlighted.
"We're very proud to be included, and it's extremely important to us to welcome people and share the historic skills and craftsmanship of the industry still being used today to produce world-class ceramics.
"Stoke-on-Trent is truly the most creative of cities and there's a great appetite here for all types of cultural experience and the success of the Literary Festival we'll again be hosting at the Factory this summer is absolutely testament to that."
Stoke-on-Trent and its surrounding areas are on the up and as the race heats up, we're excited to see what great things are in store for the city.