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14 minutes ago, hissingsid said:

Why should a lot a lot of the places that have applied be made cities ?   It is a celebration of the Queen’s Jubilee year and an idea that has been dreamed up by a civil servant who is trying to get the event noticed and inclusive it will cost the British Government nothing , will not mean a lot, but apart from changing stationery and putting a few signs up it will not cost the earth but give the town some prestige.   So why not Peel it is one of the prettiest parts of the Island that has not been concreted over with a Cathedral, and the most beautiful sunsets and views popular with locals and visitors.  Douglas on the other hand…….

I think the Manx Government should declare them both cities - one for historical reasons and one for the role it currently plays. But if it can be only one I'd favour Peel. 

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4 minutes ago, Declan said:

I think the Manx Government should declare them both cities

Is it in their power to do that? One would have thought a nation state would be able to do such a thing. And if it can't, well it just shows how purely symbolic the arrangement is. 

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34 minutes ago, ManxTaxPayer said:

That rather presumes that a primary authority is a thing. Which it might not be. 

Oh it's a thing, all right.  It's the local authority that has primary responsibility for the area.  So in the case of the Cornish village it would be the County Council as Cornwall now doesn't have District Councils.

In most cases the primary authority will be the same one that made the application for City status, but the application for Bangor (NI) will need to have been supported - and was probably put forward by Ards and North Down Borough Council (which is based at Bangor Castle in the town).  

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I thought it was the Queen or one of her distinguished employees that granted City status on her behalf I don’t think local councils can rock up and declare themselves a City.    Anyway I am rooting for Peel The Sunset City of the West as us old Manxies knew it and it advertised itself as that.

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3 hours ago, hissingsid said:

I thought it was the Queen or one of her distinguished employees that granted City status on her behalf I don’t think local councils can rock up and declare themselves a City.    Anyway I am rooting for Peel The Sunset City of the West as us old Manxies knew it and it advertised itself as that.

I think you’ll find ‘of the west’ a tad superfluous. 

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4 hours ago, hissingsid said:

I thought it was the Queen or one of her distinguished employees that granted City status on her behalf I don’t think local councils can rock up and declare themselves a City.    Anyway I am rooting for Peel The Sunset City of the West as us old Manxies knew it and it advertised itself as that.

The point is councils need to apply to the Queen. 
 

 

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4 minutes ago, AOR said:

Peel has only had Cathedral status for just over 40 years. I realize having a cathedral isn't a prerequisite for City status but it is a factor.

True about the current church, but the ruin on St Patrick's Isle was seen as the Cathedral till the late 19th Century - even though unusable for over 100 years before that.  In 1895, the Bishop consecrated his chapel at Bishopscourt as a pro-cathedral, but after they sold that off in 1976, they had to make St German's the Cathedral by act of Tynwald.

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Sunset City of the West!!!

You would have to include KMick and Ballaugh in that/ What about Glen Maye and Dalby. Dalby has to be more of a sunsetter than Peel. Have to make them all Cities!!!! Oh nooooooooooooooooo!!!!

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We got it :)

DISTINGUISHED DOUGLAS CELEBRATES CITY STATUS!

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Douglas is celebrating after being awarded ‘city’ status by Her Majesty the Queen as part of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Douglas Borough Council applied for city status as part of a Civic Honours competition, alongside 38 other local authorities from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories.

Other places to apply included Ballymena in County Antrim, Dunfermline in Fife, Stanley in the Falkland Islands, Marazion in Cornwall, and Wrexham in Clywd.

Mayor of Douglas Janet Thommeny said: ‘We are thrilled with this news! It is an honour of civic pride for Douglas and everyone who lives and works here to receive this recognition and I’m sure everyone connected with the town – or should I say, city! – will be incredibly proud.

‘Our commiserations to our friends in Peel, who we hope can gain city status in the future. We are grateful to the Douglas Members of the House of Keys who wholeheartedly supported and encouraged our bid.’

Fittingly, the accolade comes in the year after the Borough of Douglas celebrated its 125th anniversary.

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Omg , do unkempt not looked after city's count !. First impressions of this news is I'm embarrassed with the state of Douglas and the clear lack of upkeep . But I'm only a rate payer being robbed now every year by DBC . God help us next rate time .  Is anyone remotely proud of the state of Douglas ??.  

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