City status

Reading, Medway, Dorchester, Bournemouth and Southend in battle for "city" tag.

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Dorchester bids for title

Roman Dorchester house Credit: Nick Harper

A Roman Town House in Dorchester. 1700 years old and one reason the town could become a city. It's bidding for city status - one of 26 towns hoping to have the honour bestowed by the queen to celebrate her jubilee year. Each needs good history, links to royalty and a rich cultural past to win.

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