Great news for Yorkshire as one of its biggest towns has been granted city status for the Queen’s jubilee. His Majesty’s Crown Office is expected to issue the Letters Patent approving the change on Tuesday. First, it gets its own Monopoly board and now this.
With a population of 110,000, Doncaster along with seven other towns beat out 39 locations that were submitted to be considered.
Doncaster folk will be rejoicing at the news which will likely see a cash injection for the city in the spirit of “levelling up”. There will be no official celebration yet, the council has said events to mark the change will take place in the future at some point.
The other towns given city statues along with Doncaster were Milton Keynes in England, Dunfermline in Scotland, Bangor in Northern Ireland, Colchester in England, Wrexham in Wales as well as overseas territory, Stanley, in the Falklands, Douglas, in the Isle of Man.
Tariq Shah, a Doncaster-based businessman, served on the board for the successful city status bid.
“It is a fantastic day for Doncaster. It was a recognition of what we’ve already done, but more importantly, it is a recognition of what we’ve got the potential to do in the future.”
Doncaster council shared its joy over the win by saying: “We’re VERY pleased to confirm that Doncaster has won City Status as part of Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations!
“We’re one of 8 new cities to win the honour. Thank you to everyone who gave us such amazing support to make our bid a winning one!”
Notable history is the Flying Scotsman and the Mallard locomotives which were both built there. It’s also home to the famous St Leger flat course which was founded in 1776 and is the oldest race in the world, which even The Queen has attended.
Locals will know already that Doncaster has produced the likes of Jeremy Clarkson, Louis Tomlinson and the Chuckle Brothers, while Middlesbrough birthed Bob Mortimer and Goole, Roy Clarke – writer of Last of the Summer Wine.
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[Featured image: St George’s Minster, Doncaster, UK/Wikimedia Commons/Frees/CC0 1.0]