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Douglas granted city status

First crown dependency to win civic honours

Douglas has been granted city status. 

It's the first crown dependency settlement to win civic honours and is now the only official city on the Isle of Man. 

As part of June's Platinum Jubilee celebrations, applicants were encouraged to apply for the status. 

For the first time, local authorities in crown dependencies and overseas territories, were also invited to compete.

A record eight were selected.

Douglas was chosen for three main reasons - its royal links as the Queen is patron of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution which originates from there, the urban regeneration of the quayside area and its cultural hub including the annual Manx Music Festival, or The Guild.

Among the other winners were Bangor in Northern Ireland, Colchester in England and Stanley in Falkland Islands.  

Mayor of Douglas Janet Thommeny said: "We are thrilled with this news! It is an honour of civic pride for Douglas and everyone who lives and works here to receive this recognition and I’m sure everyone connected with the town – or should I say, city! – will be incredibly proud.

"Our commiserations to our friends in Peel, who we hope can gain city status in the future. We are grateful to the Douglas Members of the House of Keys who wholeheartedly supported and encouraged our bid."

Commenting on the winners, UK Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said, "City Status is a huge accolade and I congratulate our eight brilliant winners. This competition showcases the best of Britain and the Overseas Territories and will act as a lasting legacy of Her Majesty The Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

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