Douglas is now the first and only city in the Isle of Man. Credit: John Hall for Culture Vannin, CC BY-SA 2.0 bit.ly/3MAAIEH

Douglas becomes first city on Isle of Man, Wrexham named seventh in Wales

In honour of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, eight towns have been granted city status – a record number.

More than 40 towns were vying for the city title, including Blackburn, Crewe and Warrington. Each applicant was asked to showcase their local identity, royal associations, cultural heritage and why they should be awarded city status.

In the end, no North West town earned the honour. Those who were successful were:

  • Bangor, County Down
  • Colchester, Essex
  • Doncaster, South Yorkshire
  • Douglas, Isle of Man
  • Dunfermline, Fife
  • Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
  • Stanley, Falkland Islands
  • Wrexham, North Wales

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Steve Barclay said: “What was clear to me during the process of assessing each application was the pride that people felt for their communities, local cultural heritage and the Royal Family.

“As we celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s colossal contribution to society, I am thrilled that we are able to recognise some of the many places that make Britain great.”

The news makes Douglas the first and only city on the Isle of Man. Wales is now the seventh city in Wales.

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