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Posted Friday 3rd December 2010

To mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012, one UK town is expected to be awarded City status to mark the event. And once again, Reading has thrown its name into the hat to receive the honour.

Reading Road Sign

The bidding process to gain hallowed City status was officially opened this week by the Government with interested parties having until May 27th 2011 to submit their final proposals.

The Government has made the exercise an even playing field for all by insisting local authorities don’t incur ‘any undue expense’ in the bid for City status so Reading Council are looking to drum up organic support for the project amongst local residents and businesses.

So in partnership with Reading University, the Reading Council for Racial Equality (RCRE) and The Reading Post, the council has formed the Reading City Status Partnership Board (RCSPB) to champion endorsement amongst the local community.

To be in with a chance of winning, the RCSPB will have to convince the Government of their ability to welcome new residents into the area as well as the promotion of access to a wide variety of public spaces, events and activities. Details about places of interest and tourist hotspots will also need to be included for consideration – the annual Reading Festival and Reading Football Club may be trump cards here.

The town and the Thames Valley region as a whole have been magnificent servants to the UK economy over the last 20 years in particular because of the area’s highly skilled workforce and its predominantly tech orientated business community which has grown rapidly and attracted millions of pounds of international investment.

Awarding Reading City status would be a fitting reward then for one of the UK’s most important regional economies.

Visit the getReading website over the next couple of weeks for the latest updates from the town’s bid.

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