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Milton Keynes Poet Laureate backs city bid

Milton Keynes' Poet Laureate Mark Niel
Image caption Mark Niel describes Milton Keynes as a success story

A poem calling for Milton Keynes to be granted city status has been penned by the town's Poet Laureate, who describes it as a "welcoming, vibrant community".

Mark Niel's poem includes the line: "To grant the desire that beats in our chest, Ma'am, make us a city."

"In many ways, Milton Keynes has always been a city in waiting," he said.

A total of 26 towns are competing for the right to become a city as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

'Success story'

The poem highlights the town's galleries, theatres and public art and makes reference to Bletchley Park and its historic past.

"Milton Keynes has developed and matured and earlier criticisms such as a lack of cultural life no longer hold water," said Mr Neil.

"Milton Keynes deserves city status because we are a success story in a time when that is a rare commodity.

"I really hope the bid is successful, I love Milton Keynes and the granting of city status would be due recognition of our achievements."

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