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The three Yorkshire towns which could become cities for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee


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Three Yorkshire towns are in the running to become cities as part of a competition to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022.

Doncaster, Middlesbrough and Goole are on the list of 22 English towns – as well as others in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and British Overseas Territories – on the list.

They could be granted city status in 2022, as part of the celebrations to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – 70 years on the throne.

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According to the Cabinet Office, winning city status can provide a boost to local communities and open up new opportunities for people who live there.

It is the fourth time Doncaster has bid for city status, and last month the borough council said “the time is right.”

But many hit back at the proposal, saying Doncaster was a “market town” and should not be in competition with cities like Leeds and Sheffield.

For the first time ever, British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies were also eligible to apply for the title.

Stanley in the Falkland Islands, almost 8,000 miles away, is one of the places to apply, and there are also entries from George Town in the Cayman Islands and Gibraltar.

The competition is part of celebrations to mark the Queen’s historic 70-year reign, with a special four-day bank holiday weekend set to start on Thursday June 2.

As part of their bids, applicants were asked to talk about the distinct identity and community which they feel means their area deserves to become a city, as well as evidence of links to royalty.

An expert panel will work closely with ministers to make their recommendations, but final approval will come from the Queen.

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