Doncaster launches fourth bid to become a city

Doncaster has launched its fourth bid to gain city status.

The title would be granted through a competition for UK towns held to coincide with significant royal milestones, this time as part of the celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, next year.

The bid will be submitted on 8th December, with successful towns awarded city status next year.

Doncaster Council says the title is "long overdue."

Dan Fell from Doncaster Chamber says city status would help attract more business and jobs and give them a "better seat at the table" with national government.

He said: "Cities have more influence with decision makers. We can use that to drive more investment into Doncaster."

Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster and chair of Team Doncaster partnership, said: “We’ve been waiting a long time – this will be our fourth attempt and we believe the time is right, given how far we have come, that Doncaster City becomes a reality.

“I am immensely proud of Doncaster. I know Doncaster is already on the map for so many brilliant things and certainly this royal stamp of approval will boost our fortunes even further.”