WREXHAM is among eight winners selected for city status as part of June’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. It now becomes Wales’s seventh city.
Those who made a bid were required to highlight their royal associations and cultural heritage; also outline heir unique communities and distinct local identity.
The seven other places that have been awarded the royal honor are:
Bangor, Northern Ireland; Colchester, Doncaster and Milton Keynes England; Douglas, Isle of Man; Dunfermline, Scotland; and Stanley, Falkland Islands.
Cllr Mark Pritchard Wrexham Council Leader said:
“It’s fantastic news that Wrexham has been awarded city status, it is a recognition and celebration of what Wrexham County Borough has achieved through its history, institutions and places.”
The other six cities in Wales are:
Bangor in Gwynedd, is Wales’ oldest city; St Davids, Pembrokeshire, was initially made a city in 16th Century because of its cathedral but this status was revoked in 1888, in 1994 was granted again; Cardiff given the title in 1905; Swansea was granted city status in 1969 to mark Prince Charles’s investiture; Newport became a city in 2002 to mark the Queen’s Golden Jubilee; St Asaph was awarded city status in 2012 in recognition of its cathedral.