23 February 2007

Cornwall county council is to run a capital competition which taps into people’s thoughts and feelings about where they live.

It’s called a Sense of place and all the people in the Camborne/Redruth area and in the surrounding mineral tramway villages will be able to use art, photography, or writing to express what their locality means to them. The competition covers the past and present, and stories, buildings, landscape, and people.

Get details and download entry forms at the county council’s mineral tramway page.

The county council has done well.

Its competition encourages people to celebrate their locality and to show the rest of us what is personally special about particular aspects of it. It is a local patriotism that is positive, which is inclusive of all people however they see themselves, and which all of us can enjoy and appreciate.

Everyone should warmly welcome this initiative. I’d like to see more of the same in other places in Cornwall.