Eight towns given city status in celebration of Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

The eight winners of the 2022 Platinum Jubilee Civic Honours competition included Bangor in Northern Ireland, Colchester in England, Douglas on the Isle of Man, Dunfermline in Scotland and Wrexham in Wales.

The competition for city status has taken place in each of the last three jubilee years, with previous winners including Lisburn and Newport (2002) and Chelmsford (2012).

This time the contest was open for the first time to applications from crown dependencies and overseas territories and attracted almost 40 entries.

The culture secretary Nadine Dorries, said city status was a "huge accolade. This competition showcases the best of Britain and the overseas territories and will act as a lasting legacy of Her Majesty the Queen’s platinum jubilee."
 
The new cities can expect a boost to local communities and open up new opportunities for people who live there, according to the Cabinet Office.

 

The winners are:

Bangor (pop 61,000) in Northern Ireland was a key site for allied forces during the second world war, with supreme commander Dwight D Eisenhower giving a speech to 30,000 assembled troops there shortly before ships left for Normandy and the D-day invasion. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh visited Bangor Castle in 1961 before lunch at the Royal Ulster Yacht Club in the run-up to Prince Philip racing in the regatta. Previously, Edward VII had visited in 1903.

Bangor

 

 

 

Colchester (pop 122,000) is Britain’s first recorded settlement and its first capital and for the past 165 years has been a garrison town. 

Colchester

 

 

Doncaster (population 110,000) highlighted that its “community spirit and resilience was demonstrated during the Doncaster floods in 2019 as the community rallied to provide relief”. Originally a Roman settlement, it is home to the St Leger, founded in 1776 and the oldest classic horse race in the world, regularly attended by royals since George IV. It has made three previous attempts for city status.