A record number of locations have won prestigious city status as part of Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, the government has announced.
Unfortunately Middlesbrough's bid was unsuccessful.
The following cities have been awarded the status:
- Bangor, Northern Ireland
- Colchester, England
- Doncaster, England
- Douglas, Isle of Man
- Dunfermline, Scotland
- Milton Keynes, England
- Stanley, Falkland Islands
- Wrexham, Wales.
Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston said: “I want to say a massive congratulations to all of the UK’s newest cities. It’s a fantastic honour and brilliant news for them all.
“We decided to bid after it became clear the public were overwhelmingly in favour of us throwing our hat in the ring. Our bid was full of ambition, passion and optimism for Middlesbrough’s future.
“Our bid was unique in that it had support from around the North East and North Yorkshire. We had the backing of our neighbours in Yorkshire all the way up to the Scottish borders. I believe we presented a compelling case and would have loved Middlesbrough to have been named a city.
“Congratulations again to the winners. I remain hugely excited for our future. I’ll never stop pushing our case for more recognition and more investment – the potential of our town is enormous. We’re looking forward to a brilliant weekend of celebrations for the Platinum Jubilee and I’d like to congratulate Her Majesty on her seven decades of remarkable service to our country.”
Middlesbrough’s bid for city status in 2022 cost £4,041.