The city of Merthyr Tydfil? Town set to apply as part of Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations
Anthony Lewis, local democracy reporter
Merthyr Tydfil is set to apply for city status 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.
Applications may only be made by an elected local authority for its entire area or a distinct area within its boundary.
Merthyr Tydfil Council said it has been working hard to prepare this application and there will be a presentation held at full council today on the proposed bid.
Councillor Lisa Mytton, leader of the council, said: “There is so much to be proud of here in Merthyr Tydfil as well as us being at the geographical heart of the Valleys.
“Fantastic news that the local MP Gerald Jones is backing our campaign to achieve city status and we will be approaching many others to ask for their support.
“Further information on how you can support this campaign will follow in due course.
“Merthyr Tydfil deserves this, so let’s work together as a united front to achieve city status for our town.”
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.”
Gerald Jones added: “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.”