Elation in three very lucky towns was plentiful this week, when the announcement came of which places in the United Kingdom were to have the rare honour of ‘City Status’ bestowed upon them by The Queen.
To celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Chelmsford, in England, Perth, in Scotland and St Asaph, in Wales have been granted ‘City Status’ while Armagh, in Northern Ireland has received a Lord Mayoralty.
The ‘civic honours competition’, which invited towns across the country to apply for city status, and for cities a Lord Mayoralty or Provostship, saw a fantastic level of entries.
The Queen, who was advised by Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister and Lord President of the Privy Council, recognised every part of the United Kingdom in the awards process. Nick Clegg commented:
“Congratulations to Armagh, Chelmsford, Perth and St Asaph who have been granted these rare honours from a field of exceptional entrants. Across the United Kingdom, I have been moved by the pride and passion which people have shown in putting their nominations forward.”
“The standard of application was very high, and those who missed out should not be downhearted. I hope the competition has given the residents of all of the places which applied a sense of civic pride, of collective ownership and of community spirit.”
If you live in Chelmsford, Perth, St Asaph or Armagh we would love to hear from you. Tell us what you it means to you to have ‘City Status’ bestowed upon your home town or for your city to become a ‘Lord Mayoralty’. Contact us here with your comments.
In 2010 it was announced that the London Borough of Greenwich would be granted ‘Royal Borough Status’ to coincide with The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Greenwich becomes the first Royal Borough to be created in more than 85 years.
Having ‘City Status’ or ‘Royal Status’ bestowed upon an area does not necessarily provide any additional powers, resources or funding but it is a very special honour indeed. City status is actually rarely granted – a ‘civic honours competition’ was last held in 2002 to mark The Queen’s Golden Jubilee.
And, as The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh embark on their four-month tour of the UK, residents of towns and cities across the nation will be contemplating the significance of civic pride and holding Street Parties to celebrate The Queen’s glorious 60-year reign.
On the next leg of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Royal UK Tour, The Queen will visit Manchester and Salford on 23 March 2012 – the emphasis in the City will be on ‘community heroes who make a difference in their neighbourhoods’. Watch this space for the latest updates and news from the day.
Will you be waving flags in Manchester when The Queen comes to visit? If you are planning to hold an event or Big Jubilee Lunch to celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee contact us here to have your event featured on our Street Party Map.
Image: A member of staff walks past images by Andy Warhol of Queen Elizabeth II, part of an exhibition called The Queen: Art & Image, which ran from June 25 until September 18 2011 at the Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh. Photo credit: David Cheskin / PA Wire