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UK: Colchester loses city status bid to Chelmsford

PUBLISHED: 10:07 14 March 2012 | UPDATED: 11:27 14 March 2012

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COLCHESTER has lost its bid for city status after the honour was bestowed upon Chelmsford

Colchester, Britain’s oldest recorded town, had been in the running and Reading had been the bookmakers’ favourite by a long distance.

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister confirmed the news this morning, also confirming that Perth in Scotland and St Asaph in Wales would be made Diamond Jubilee cities.

Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell said: “What the criteria was for an anonymous group of officials used to choose Chelmsford above other applicants, including Colchester, is something of a mystery. I am sure that other unsuccessful towns will be scratching their collective heads as well.

“What is important for Colchester is not to let this setback deter us from our position as being the premier borough in Essex. We have had years of the Chelmsford-based Essex County Council favouring Chelmsford ahead of Colchester, and that has not stopped us – nor will Chelmsford getting city status change this.

”Colchester has so much going for us. Let’s be even more determined to make Colchester an even better place.”

Others in the running had been Bolton, Bournemouth, Coleraine, Corby, Craigavon, Croydon, Doncaster, Dorchester, Dudley, Dumfries, Gateshead, Goole, Luton, Medway, Middlesbrough, Milton Keynes, Southend, St Austell, Stockport, Tower Hamlets and Wrexham.

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