We are delighted that Doncaster has been awarded city status meaning Doncaster Racecourse is part of the City of Doncaster!
A record number of locations have won prestigious city status through a competition, as part of Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations – and that includes Doncaster.
Eight places won the royal honour this year ahead of the Jubilee weekend, the highest number of awards in a single competition: Bangor, Northern Ireland; Colchester, England; Doncaster, England; Douglas, Isle of Man; Dunfermline, Scotland; Milton Keynes, England; Stanley, Falkland Islands; Wrexham, Wales
The Platinum Jubilee Civic Honours Competition required applicants to demonstrate how their unique communities and distinct local identity meant they deserved to be awarded city status. They were also required to highlight their royal associations and cultural heritage.
Lancaster Steve Barclay said: “I am delighted that a record number of locations have been awarded the prestigious city status as part of Her Majesty The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Celebrations.
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.
I look forward to the world coming together to show our pride and gratitude to Queen Elizabeth II on the Jubilee weekend.”
Winning city status can provide a boost to local communities and open up new opportunities for people who live there, as is the case with previous winners Perth and Preston where residents have described how their success contributed to increased national and global standing, putting them on the international map as a place to do business.
Research shows that Perth, which was granted city status in 2012 as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, has reaped the full benefits, with the local economy expanding by 12% in the decade it was granted city status.
Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said: "City Status is a huge accolade and I congratulate our eight brilliant winners. 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."
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