Privileged to work for this great city

From: Roger Davison

Cabinet member for Culture,Sport and Tourism 2010-11 and advisor 2008-2010

I would like to take this opportunity of thanking the officers of the council and various trusts that I was privileged to work with in the Culture Sport and Tourism portfolio. I also wish all the best to the person who will now succeed me. It has been an interesting time for me and my predecessor Councillor Sylvia Dunkley, who will now be the next Lord Mayor.

Sheffield is a great city with some wonderful people in it. There are many cultural and sporting activities that are taking place. I would like to place on record the contribution of Activity Sheffield and Sheffield International Venues which have played a major part in increasing the number of Sheffielders that are now more active. The voluntary sector has also produced some remarkable people who have contributed so much to the city without seeking recognition but have the grateful thanks of the beneficiaries .

We have great theatres and other places of entertainment, we are rich in amateur talent in the cultural sector and we are proud of the professional talent that is attracted here. We have two museum tusts that I hope will win the core museums bid (together with their other partners).

I would also pay tribute to the work put in by Coun Dunkley, backed by the council, in reaching the shortlist of UK City of Culture.

Sheffield will now bring in more money through the Welcome to Sheffield internet site instead of money going to outside companies. There will also be a facility for coach parking in the city centre that hadn’t existed before and that can only improve the possibilities of increasing tourist stays in Sheffield .

We now look to Sheffield Wednesday and United to get Sheffield football back to the top, because that has an amazing recognition effect all throughout the world.