Diamond Jubilee: Goole fails in city status bid

Goole has failed in its bid to become a city as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

The town was among 26 from the UK bidding for civic honours. The winners were Chelmsford, Perth and St Asaph.

Mayor Keith Moore said despite being ranked as an outsider, he was happy the town had been "put on the map".

He said: "It's all about promoting the town, taking part in the jubilee celebrations and attracting inward investments."

Mr Moore added: "The benefits derived from this are all the free advertising the town gets, which will help promote the town.

"It wasn't about Goole becoming a city, it was about Goole taking part in the jubilee celebrations and taking part in trying to get city status for the town and get free advertising for the town.

"It was a win-win situation for us, irrespective of the results."

Events to mark the Queen's 60 years on the throne began last month and will come to a head with four days of celebration in the first weekend of June.

The grant of city status is purely honorific and confers no additional powers, functions or funding.

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