Reading has failed again in its bid for city status while Milton Keynes has succeeded.

Today’s announcement by the Cabinet Office reveals the eight winners of the 2022 Platinum Jubilee Civic Honours competition also include Bangor in Northern Ireland, Colchester, Douglas Isle of Man, Dunfermline, Doncaster Wrexham and Stanley in the Falkland Islands.  

It is the fourth time since 2000 Reading has been unsuccessful. Reading Borough Council Leader Jason Brock said: “This is obviously hugely disappointing news for Reading, the Council and everybody who backed the bid.

“As we said from the outset, however, this bid was about showcasing Reading, everything it has to offer and everything we love about it, from our rich history, our Royal connections, our diversity, our cultural scene and our economy, which drives the whole region.

“We firmly believe our bid was a strong one, and today’s result doesn’t change any of the things which make us proud of Reading.  

“Our congratulations to all the winners and, in particular, our nearby neighbours, Milton Keynes.

“Reading will, for now, remain a ‘little big town’ just as it’s always been, something that sets us apart and we remain hugely proud of. Plus, after too many heart-in-mouth moments, we’ve still got Championship football in Reading next year, so that’s a bonus.”

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