Paisley has lost out in the race to be named the next UK City of Culture.

Coventry beat the other shortlisted towns and cities – Paisley, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland and Swansea – for the 2021 title.

The announcement was made in current City of Culture Hull during the BBC's The One Show.

The competition is held every four years, with Derry-Londonderry the first winner in 2013.

Winning the title brings major investment.  

Despite the title, the award is not restricted only to cities and Scottish representative Paisley was the first town to make the final shortlist.

Leaders of Paisley 2021 said the bid was part of a wider plan to "transform its future" by promoting a heritage and cultural story around its historic thread industry and the globally-recognised Paisley Pattern design.

David Watt, chief executive of Arts & Business Scotland, said: “This is obviously disappointing news but there is still a fantastic opportunity to harness the momentum and collective good will built up over the period of Paisley’s UK City of Culture campaign.

"In particular, many local businesses have already shown an active commitment to get behind the bid and to work in partnership with the local arts and heritage communities to deliver an outstanding programme of cultural activity in Paisley.

"Many elements of that programme could still happen. Arts & Business Scotland’s Culture & Business Fund Scotland stands ready to offer match funding to local businesses supporting local cultural projects in and around Paisley.

"We will be continuing discussions with local businesses and cultural organisations in the months ahead with a view to hopefully making that happen.”

Phil Redmond, chairman of the Independent Expert Advisory Panel, said:

“Once again the process has highlighted the depth and strength of culture across the UK. That made it difficult choosing a winner, but I would like to congratulate Coventry and I am sure they will build on the legacy of Derry-Londonderry and Hull and bring about a transformational change in 2021.

“For those that weren’t successful this time, I hope, as has happened in other places, that they will look to the future and build on the wider cultural partnerships they have created.”