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Newmarket renews campaign to become 'Royal Newmarket'

Newmarket Town Council are renewing their push to secure "royal status" for the town.

Their application has been on the waiting list since 2015, but councillors say they're keen to press on with the plans again.

If their bid is successful, the Suffolk market town would be called 'Royal Newmarket' instead.

The Queen will have the final say on whether to bestow the honour, following a recommendation from either the Prime Minster directly or their Cabinet Office.

The Queen unveiled a statue at Newmarket Racecourse in November 2016. Credit: PA

The country's other 'royal towns'

  • Royal Leamington Spa (Warwickshire)
  • Royal Tunbridge Wells (Kent)
  • Royal Wootton Bassett (Wiltshire)

Major events such as Brexit and General Elections have meant Newmarket's request has stalled in recent times, but they are hoping the government will find time soon to reassess their case.

Only three towns in the country currently have the 'royal title', with the most recent example coming in 2011 when Royal Wootton Bassett in Wiltshire became the first town in more than 100 years to receive the accolade.