This year will be one of royal celebration as Her Majesty the Queen marks 70 years as reigning monarch. As part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, towns across the UK were invited to bid for city status.
Middlesbrough Council has led a bid to have the honour bestowed on our town.
Putting together a bid for city status has been an exciting opportunity to show off Middlesbrough’s strengths and explain how city status would give us a boost for the future.
The government sets out clear guidelines for the evidence we had to provide.
Our efforts were concentrated on our application, which will be judged against those from other towns.
The final deadline to send in the bid was early December, and it was submitted with the backing of every council leader in the North East and North Yorkshire.
Government ministers will recommend which town or towns should be given the honour. The final decision is made by the Queen.
It’s been a fun process.
We had the chance to talk about Middlesbrough’s distinct identity, civic pride, heritage, history and traditions.
We have also detailed our record of innovation – from our industrial beginnings right through to our present day digital pioneers – and our vibrant and welcoming community.
And we have set out Middlesbrough’s Royal associations, proudly looking back on previous visits from the Royal Family.
We also had the difficult job of narrowing down a list of notable figures from Middlesbrough who have made significant contributions to society.
There will be a focus on statistics, like our population and economic activity.
The bid highlights our green spaces, sport and leisure facilities, and our close links with the voluntary sector.
That’s a lot to cram into roughly 20 pages!
As part of the bid we can submit up to 50 photographs. The guidance states they should be of places within the area that would be the city centre.
We invited residents and businesses to submit photos of the area from Albert Park as far as Middlehaven Docks as part of our bid.
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