Birmingham gets ready for 2022 Commonwealth Games

Locals in host city have concerns any benefits will be short term, while others are optimistic the event will unite everyone

In the summer of 2022, thousands of athletes, officials and fans from more than 70 nations and territories will descend on Birmingham for the Commonwealth Games.

Outside the Arthur Robertson pub in Perry Barr (the pub is named after an Olympic runner who was a member of the local athletics club, Birchfield Harriers), the regulars do not – at least for the moment – sound thrilled at the prospect.

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