Milton Keynes at 50: The making of a new town

As Milton Keynes celebrates its 50th birthday, we look back at how it was formed and how things are going in the current day.

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The order to create Milton Keynes as a New Town came into effect on 23 January 1967. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The iconic New Town of Milton Keynes celebrated the 50th anniversary of its creation on Monday 23 January 2017.

ITV News Anglia hosted a special programme from centre:mk in the heart of the community presented by Becky Jago and Jonathan Wills.

Several celebration cakes have been baked to mark 50 years of Milton Keynes. Credit: ITV News Anglia

From concrete cows to roundabouts, the programme traced the history of the planning prototype for a new city and reported on the celebrations there.

It featured birthday messages from long jumper Greg Rutherford, jazz legend Cleo Lane, Formula 1 racing driving Christian Horner and MK Dons chairman Pete Winkelman.


The business of Milton Keynes as town's 50th birthday approaches

Milton Keynes is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its creation as a New Town.

Fifty years ago Milton Keynes was little more than a tiny Buckinghamshire village now it's a thriving conurbation that wants to be officially named a city.

It was the first of a new generation of New Towns originally built to relieve a housing shortage in London back in 1967.

Today many companies have put down roots in the town over the years .

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia Matthew Hudson


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