Wales has a 'new' City after the Government announced that St Asaph has been granted the status as a results of the Civic Honours competition in honour of Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
St Asaph, has been awarded the right to call themselves a city along with Chelmsford in Essex and Perth in Scotland.
The Cathedral city was previously the only one of the 22 ancient cathedral dioceses in England and Wales (pre-reformation) not to have been awarded city status.
The awards have been made by The Queen on advice from the Deputy Prime Minister and Lord President of the Privy Council, Nick Clegg. The award of city status is an honour bestowed by The Queen only on rare occasions.
The decision to award a new city in England, Scotland and Wales was made in recognition of the significance of every part of the United Kingdom in the Diamond Jubilee year.
– Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister
Congratulations to Armagh, Chelmsford, Perth and St Asaph who have been granted these rare honours from a field of exceptional entrants. Across the United Kingdom, I have been moved by the pride and passion which people have shown in putting their nominations forward.The standard of application was very high, and those who missed out should not be downhearted. I hope the competition has given the residents of all of the places which applied a sense of civic pride, of collective ownership and of community spirit
Following many applications from around the country, the St Asaph was chosen in recognition of its rich history, cultural contribution and metropolitan status as a hub for technology, commerce and business.
– Cheryl Gillan, Secretary of State for Wales
I am proud and delighted that St Asaph has been chosen as the latest Welsh city .This was one of the first places I visited after taking up the role as Secretary of State for Wales, and this excellent news reflects the increasing status of North Wales as a premier place to visit, work, live and do business.
Twenty five places across the UK applied for City status, one of those who applied but unfortunately missed out was Wrexham.
The Government announced in January 2010 that The Queen had agreed a competition for city status should be held to mark Her Diamond Jubilee, and the competition was formally launched on 1 December 2010.
– Bishop of St AsaphRight Reverend Dr Gregory Cameron
I am delighted that these decisions are made not on the size of the population but on the quality of community life. St Asaph is a delightful community of which I am very proud to be a part.”