Reading misses out on city status

Mon 19 March 2012, 12:04 pm

Reading has missed out on city status despite being the bookies’ favourites to receive the honour.

Reading missed out to Chelmsford, Perth and St Asaph in the competition, held as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Jo Lovelock, leader of Reading Borough Council congratulated the winners, and said she was proud of Reading’s bid.

She said: “Working with partners from across the local community, we submitted a very strong bid, highlighting Reading's excellent credentials as a city-in-waiting.

“It is disappointing that the decision has not gone in our favour - particularly when we have just been named European Micro City of the Future and fifth best European city overall by fDi magazine.

“Whatever the official position, we will continue to behave like a city and to play an increasingly important role in the economic success of the region.”

Reading was amongst 25 UK towns which had submitted an application to be bestowed with city status in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee year.

Tim Smith, Executive Director of Reading UK CIC, and Chair of the City Status Partnership Board added: 'While it would have been nice to become the City of Reading, this really doesn't change anything for us. 

“We will continue to out-perform and out-class most other towns of our size in the UK. Outsiders usually think of us as city in any case: we'll remain a city in all but name.”

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