Campaign launched to make Dumfries Scotland’s newest city

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Dumfries is today launching its official bid to become the UK’s newest city.

The campaign calls on all residents, businesses and communities to show their support for the Queen of the South to become the country’s first rural town.

The honor is bestowed through a competition for British cities held to coincide with important royal milestones, this time as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations next year.

If Dumfries’ offer is successful, the town would become the first town in southern Scotland.

Dumfries Provost Tracey Little heads the bid committee.

She said: “This will be a community-led offering with the aim of bringing benefits to all of Dumfries and Galloway.

“Giving us city status would lead to new investment, more jobs, more opportunities for our young people and really put the region on the map across the UK and beyond.

“This is a rare opportunity to present Dumfries – and the region at large – and show our ambition to grow and develop. We are absolutely here to win it.

She added: “Dumfries has such a rich culture and history, as well as a civic pride to be proud of.

“Whether it’s our connection to JM Barrie, the Moat Brae Peter Pan Center, Robert the Bruce, Robert Burns, and all of his connections to Dumfries, our universities or our community events like the Big Burns Supper and Guid Nychburris, we have so much to offer. . “

The bid is supported by local charities, businesses, local schools, community groups and organizations such as DGHP, which is part of the Wheatley Group, Scotland’s leading housing, care and property management group.

The provost and committee will submit the nomination by the December 8 deadline.

Other Scottish towns expected to be in contention include Dunfermline, Greenock, Oban and Irvine.

Mark Jardine of the People’s Project has been seeking city status for Dumfries for over 20 years and has said it has been “a dream of mine” since he was a child.

He added: “Since Inverness was granted city status, the entire Highland region has grown steadily. I firmly believe that Dumfries and Galloway could do the same. As ‘Queen of the South’ we would truly be Scotland’s first town. “

The young people of the city also support the candidacy for city status.

Craig Adams, 16, a sixth grade student at Dumfries High School, said: “It would be amazing if we win this competition and receive this incredible honor from the Queen.”

Abi Kelly, 17, also a sixth year student at Dumfries High, added: “It would be great for the area and create new jobs and training opportunities. “