MERTHYR TYDFIL: Calls to apply for city status
Merthyr Tydfil Town Centre, Image: LDRS
The council is set to apply for city status for Merthyr Tydfil as part of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
The UK Government has announced a civic honours competition as part of the celebrations which includes a competition for city status and any local authority in any part of the United Kingdom is welcome to enter.
The bid is being backed by local MP Gerald Jones who said he feels that the time is right to recognise the area’s unique history as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
He said: “There’s so much to be proud of here in Merthyr Tydfil. Whether it’s the town’s history as the cradle of the Industrial Revolution, the birthplace of the world’s first railway steam locomotive or the constituency of the first ever Labour MP, Keir Hardie.
“Indeed, iron forged here in Merthyr Tydfil supplied the Royal Navy and helped build the modern world. Coal from Merthyr Tydfil was shipped all over the globe and helped create cities such as Cardiff.
“As we look forward to celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, we remember the Royal Family’s long connection with the borough. From the visit of King Edward VIII in 1936, to the numerous visits from HRH Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall to the Queen’s long-standing and very personal connection with Aberfan.
“As well as being at the geographical heart of the Valleys, Merthyr Tydfil is also the heart of the Valleys for culture, leisure and tourism, and employment.
“Conferring city status upon Merthyr Tydfil would be a fitting tribute to the town’s history and role in creating the world as well as reflecting its place in modern Wales.
“I’m urging everyone in Merthyr Tydfil to come together to back Merthyr Tydfil City – just visit www.MerthyrTydfilCity.com.”
Words: Anthony Lewis, Local Demcoracy Reporter
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