Reading to make city status bid for 2012

Fri 3 December 2010, 1:29 am

Reading is to bid for city status in 2012, the council has confirmed.(Sourced from

A board including representatives from the council, businesses, the University of Reading and churches has been set up to draw up the bid.

They have identified local figures, including Reading FC chairman Sir John Madejski and Reading Festival organiser Melvin Benn, to help promote the town.

Reading has twice lost out with bids to gain city status, in 2000 and 2002. The Queen will name the new city in 2012.

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