Stoke-on-Trent is among 11 cities to formally enter the 2021 City of Culture competition, alongside fellow West Midland entrants Coventry and Hereford. With tough opposition, organisers are now urging local businesses and experts in manufacturing, innovation, building and design to show their support.
Local business leaders converged at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery last week (Fri, March 3) to give their backing to Stoke-on-Trent's City of Culture 2021 bid. KMF's Managing Director, Gareth Higgins, spoke at the event to demonstrate to the 100 attendees, how they can make a difference in making the Stoke-on-Trent bid shine out from the competition.
He said: "This is a city that has an amazing story to tell. We should be proud to be surrounded by such craftsmanship and creativity. Manufacturing here is growing; the creative industries are booming and we are busy building the components that make up the modern world."
"It's time for us promote our city, to shout about the incredible talent and energy that is resurgent once more, we have to showcase the creative and manufacturing talent that we have."
KMF is already actively supporting the bid with KMF's apprentice project, building a full-scale stainless steel Spitfire sculpture, which upon completion, is hoped to become an iconic symbol of the city. (Read more about the project here)
KMF apprentices are now approaching the final stages of the build. The fuselage has now been completed up to the tail with just the stab to be added, and both wings are now attached with some detail strips in place.
At the moment, the sculpture has been raised nearly 3 metres from the floor to facilitate some events being held at KMF's Education Resource Centre. Meanwhile our spitfire team are currently working with artist, Suhail Shaikh, to determine the level of detail trim we required to complete the project. Once this has been finalised, the final part drawings will be produced.
Keep an eye on KMF's twitter page, @KMFmetal for progress updates.