Cornwall has a significant place in our nation’s cultural history and, as such, we will be submitting a bid for the four-yearly title of UK’s City of Culture for 2025. We have a unique culture and identity, with some six to eight million people making up a worldwide Cornish diaspora and the vast majority of them can trace their family roots back to the Camborne and Redruth area.
Over the past few years, we have seen a growing interest in Cornwall’s history and culture. Camborne, Redruth and Hayle are at the very heart of this revival, and it’s great to see these great industrial towns leading the way in promoting our rich and wonderful history. Camborne and Redruth play an important role as two of the birthplaces of the industrial revolution. In its prime, Redruth, in particular, was at the heart of the tin mining industry and there were many feats of engineering developed in Cornwall at that time. We exported mining expertise around the globe from Australia and South Africa to California, South America and Mexico. The Redruth-based Kresen Kernow Cornish Archive shows this well, providing an excellent facility to record our history and store important artefacts.
Ever since I was first elected, I have made clear that economic regeneration in Camborne, Redruth and Hayle was my number one priority. In the past, people had to choose between leaving Cornwall and taking a well-paid career upcountry or taking the lifestyle choice to live in the most beautiful part of the country but accepting a lower salary. That is starting to change. By hosting events like the G7 and the opening stages of the Tour of Britain, we have confirmed our place as both a cultural and a political force within the United Kingdom, my hope is with the forthcoming submission of the City of Culture Bid this will be recognised.