Town unsuccessful in bid to be granted jubilee city status

The Frenchgate Centre.
The Frenchgate Centre.

DONCASTER has failed in its bid to be granted city status as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Instead Chelmsford, Perth and St Asaph have all been granted the “civic honours” accolade, it was announced today.

Doncaster was one of 26 towns who had applied for city status, which were granted by The Queen, following advice from ministers and secret ‘spy’ assessors.

Last month a survey conducted by YouGov revealed only six per cent of people though Doncaster deserved city status, but only two per cent thought eventual winner St Asaph should become a city.

The monarch very rarely grants new city applications, with only 14 approved in the 20th century.

Doncaster North MP Ed Miliband said: “Doncaster has much to offer, especially with its transport links, and has huge potential for industry and commerce.

“The people of Doncaster are proud of their borough, and I am proud to represent them in Parliament.

“I will continue to work hard to promote its interests whatever its status.”