As part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, Bangor in County Down has been awarded city status.
Eight locations have been selected to have their status upgraded, the towns awarded include Bangor (Northern Ireland), Colchester (England), Doncaster (England), Douglas (Isle of Man), Dunfermline (Scotland), Milton Keynes (England), Wrexham (Wales), along with Stanley (Falkland Islands.)
When applying for city status, Bangor focused their bid on the ‘heritage, heart and hope’ that the new city embodies.
Councillor Mark Brooks, Mayor of Ards and Down commented on Bangor’s success, stating that, “I am delighted by the news of Bangor’s success in the City Status Competition. It would be an honour for the town and people of Bangor to receive at any time but coming as part of Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations makes it extra special.
City Status isn’t judged on the size of your town and isn’t dependent on having particular assets such as a Cathedral, rather it’s about heritage, pride and potential. When putting forward the case for Bangor we found evidence of each of these in abundance. I would like to put on record my thanks to all those who contributed to Bangor’s application – both in terms of their words of support but more importantly in terms of their practical and ongoing work in the local area.
Bangor has been given a great boost today and I’m extremely proud of this new and significant accolade for our Borough.”