Like any naval town or city, Plymouth sometimes gets a bad press. Recession, unemployment and job losses have made a dent in the city’s reputation. But the real story is this: Plymouth is a modern, thriving waterside resort. We have recently played host to the Americas Cup and are becoming a true gourmet hotspot. We have some amazing restaurants including the River Cottage Canteen at the Royal William Yard and the Tanner Brothers’ eateries and soon we’ll be welcoming Gary Rhode’s new restaurant at The Dome! The Hoe forms a spectacular amphitheatre above Plymouth Sound and together with the Barbican is a great place to walk, eat and enjoy our great city.
Another thing I love about Plymouth is the sense of community that we have here. Saturday’s event for Armed Forces Day really put things into perspective for me. People flocked to Plymouth in their thousands to show their appreciation for our service men and women. I have NEVER seen so many people in one place, with over 30,000 people it was like being at a big festival. We had such a good day and it reminded me of why I love living here.