Wrexham is awarded town status as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Wrexham was given town status as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, it can be revealed. The North Wales town has been given the prestigious status thanks to a competition to celebrate Jubilee celebrations next month.

Wrexham have applied to be listed as a town three times – in 2000, 2002 and 2012 – but failed each time. But, last December, the executive board of Wrexham Council unanimously agreed to re-bid for township status. To receive the latest WalesOnline newsletters free of charge by email, click here.

The competition to receive civic honors was last held 10 years ago to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, when St Asaph, Chelmsford and Perth were granted city status. This time around, 38 places across the UK and British Overseas Territories have submitted entries, and Wrexham is one of eight towns to have won the royal honour.

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Besides Wrexham, other towns selected for city status are Colchester, Doncaster and Milton Keynes in England, Dunfermline in Scotland, Bangor in Northern Ireland, Douglas in the Isle of Man and Stanley in the Falkland Islands. The Platinum Jubilee Civic Honors Competition – which was open for the first time to Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies – required contestants to demonstrate how their unique communities and distinct local identity meant that they deserved to get city status. They were also required to showcase their royal associations and cultural heritage.

It is hoped winning city status can give local communities a boost, with research showing the economy of Perth, which became a city in 2012, has grown by 12% over the past decade. Newport is another city to become one thanks to a jubilee, gaining status in 2002, and Wrexham will now become the seventh city in Wales – along with Cardiff, Swansea, Newport, Bangor, St Davids and St Asaph.

“Wrexham has a wonderful history and an exciting future and I am absolutely delighted to see it has been awarded town status as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations,” the Secretary of State for the Country said. of Wales, Simon Hart. “Wrexham already has much to be proud of and I hope township status will bring further recognition for all that the community has to offer and bring new opportunities for Wrexham to prosper and grow.

Wrexham and the other 37 candidates had their cases presented for assessment by a panel of experts and cabinet ministers, before recommendations were submitted to Her Majesty The Queen. Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Steve Barclay, said: “I am delighted that a record number of locations have been awarded Prestigious City status as part of Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

“What was clear to me during the process of evaluating each nomination was the pride people felt for their communities, local cultural heritage and the Royal Family. As we celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s colossal contribution to the society, I am delighted that we are able to recognize some of the many places that make Britain great.

“The fact that applicants from the Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies have been selected as first-time winners is also incredibly reflective of Her Majesty’s global outlook and her years of international service. I look forward to the world coming together to show our pride and gratitude to Queen Elizabeth II over Jubilee weekend.

Meanwhile, Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said: “City status is a huge honor and I congratulate our eight brilliant winners. This competition showcases the best of Britain and the Overseas Territories and will be a lasting legacy of Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

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