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Medway Council bosses submit city status bid

Fri 3 December 2010, 1:23 am

Council bosses have today officially announced plans to compete with other towns across the country for city status to mark the Queen's Diamond jubilee celebrations.(Sourced from

Following Constitutional Reform Minister Mark Harper's confirmation of the competition, the five towns will now battle it out with the likes of Bolton, Reading, Milton Keynes and Croydon to become the country's newest city in 2012.

With four universities, a cathedral, two castles and a rich heritage, including the Chatham Dockyard, the area has long sought recognition as a city and has had two bids turned down in 2000 and 2003.

The bid has now been put forward and council chiefs believe that making Medway a city will help market the area to investors, both nationally and internationally.

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