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What do you love about Gloucester?

By The Citizen  |  Posted: July 25, 2013

Paul James

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GLOUCESTER City Council leader Paul James turned 40 this month. To mark the occasion, he has picked out his own Gloucester Top 40 – the things he is most proud of in his home city.

1. The Cathedral – our finest and most famous building.

2. The Docks – its renaissance in recent years has given it a new lease of life.

3. Gloucester Rugby – if it wasn’t for the Cherry and Whites, what would we talk about?

4. Blackfriars Priory – the best example of a Dominican priory

in this country. A real hidden gem.

5. Alan Myatt – our own larger than life character.

6. Gloucester Quays – not the finished article yet, but has helped put Gloucester on the map.

7. Our diversity – Gloucester’s diverse population is a real, but sometimes unsung, strength.

8. Community spirit – it came to the fore during the 2007 floods, but has always been there.

9. Our size – We’re a big enough city to be noticed, but small enough to be intimate.

10. Colonel Massey – led our troops during the Civil War and changed the course of England’s history.

11. Our independent shops – especially in and around Westgate Street, like Stanman’s Kitchen.

12. The Tailor of Gloucester – our own Christmas story.

13. Gloucester Park – A much more pleasant place than it used to be. Nowhere better in the sunshine.

14. Longlevens – My home and the area I represent, so I’m biased!

15. Jemmy Wood – Gloucester’s legendary miser and the inspiration for Dickens’ Scrooge.

16. Our schools – I’ve got a particularly soft spot for my old school, The Crypt, in Podsmead.

17. Our museums – the City, Folk, Waterways and Soldiers’ Museums.

18. Robert Raikes – the Sunday school founder, the statue and the pub.

19. Robinswood Hill – an under-appreciated asset for the city, but starting to get the recognition it deserves.

20. GL1 Leisure Centre – it’s great to have a leisure centre in the heart of the city.

21. Our parks – as well as Gloucester Park, Plock Court and Hillfield Gardens are my favourites.

22. The Tall Ships Festival – our signature event for the city.

23. Our events – like the Food Festival, Carnival, History Festival and SportBeat, to name but a few.

24. Our history – from the Romans to the present day, Gloucester has a fascinating story to tell.

25. The Citizen – keeping us informed for nearly 300 years.

26. Mark Cummings’ Breakfast Show on Radio Gloucestershire – a soothing voice to start the day with.

27. 26 Westgate Street – a wonderful 16th century timbered building. Hopefully we’ll see it occupied soon.

28. Our heritage pubs – like the Old Bell, The Fountain, the New Inn and many more besides.

29. The Sheriff’s Assize of Ale – a medieval pub crawl in the good name of charity, reintroduced when I was Sheriff in 2003.

30. Gloucester Day – marks the lifting of the Siege of Gloucester, but now celebrates all that is good about the city.

31. Our people – We’re friendly, down-to-earth and don’t take ourselves too seriously.

32. Our voluntary organisations, community and faith groups and charities – they do so much, we’d never cope without them.

33. Our food and drink – like Old Spot sausages, Double Gloucester cheese and Gloucester Gold ale.

34. Our restaurants – we’ve got some gems like C&W African Experience, Sebz, the Tiger’s Eye and the Hilltop.

35. Mary-Jess Leaverland – our own singing sensation. So proud to watch her perform at the FA Cup Final.

36. The Ski Centre – not many places can boast a dry ski slope. And its new owners have invested in it considerably.

37. Our civic offices – the Mayor is a unifying figure and we’re one of only 15 towns and cities in England and Wales to still have a Sheriff.

38. Our businesses – like Severn Glocon, Prima Dental and Avon Metals. They are world leaders.

39. My friends and family – most are still around Gloucester and they make life what it is.

40. Our future – I genuinely believe that for Gloucester the best is yet to come.

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  • TimMessanger  |  July 26 2013, 11:06AM

    It's nice to see so many negative comments, why not just up sticks and move to Hesters way if that's what you want and start complaining about Cheltenham as I guess you will never be satisfied!

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  • Hadagmaja  |  July 26 2013, 12:42AM

    What do I love about Gloucester? Certain not Paul James! Never done anything good for Gloucester that man! Reminds me of Gilderoy Lockhart from Harry Potter - likes to pose but has no substance!

  • Studley1975  |  July 25 2013, 11:16PM

    Well Im In Love With The Seagull Population, Especially Outside That Vile McDonalds Eatery! :0/

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  • be-green  |  July 25 2013, 9:40PM

    what about the Guildhall?

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  • Justica  |  July 25 2013, 6:29PM

    You forgot to mention the Golden Egg building and the Bus Station both fine examples of the council's tireless effort and good judgement to make Gloucester attractive to visitors !

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  • TheNub  |  July 25 2013, 4:50PM

    The road to cheltenham

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  • Lecorche  |  July 25 2013, 2:32PM

    Agreed,Sam58. Very little of his hype came about under his leadership of GCC. No mention of the lack of free car parking and the lack of public conveniences,which did come about under his time in office.

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  • Sam58  |  July 25 2013, 2:22PM

    yes the river Severn is Lovely, especially as it passes through Worcester, where they make use of this wonderful asset. as it flows through Gloucester im not so sure. i think paul james etc, seriously need to stop with the self congratulatory stuff and pretending Gloucester is great. it isnt a terrible place, but its potential is lost currently. we visit Worcester regularly as iv said before, and i think others on here do also, very similar assets to Gloucester, however they use them so much better.

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  • MarkGlos  |  July 25 2013, 12:43PM

    What about the River Severn? The longest river in Great Britain, and world famous for the Severn Bore.

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  • thomas1996  |  July 25 2013, 12:27PM

    Congratulations on thinking of 40 reasons! Not sure I would agree with no.13: sitting in Gloucester Park being 'nothing nicer' - I would say sitting in Pitville Park or Imperial Gardens in Cheltenham would be nicer (and safer) - sitting on a beach in Barbados would definitely be nicer!

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