Congratulations to Perth, St Asaph and Chelmsford
The London Borough of Tower Hamlets Interim Chief
Executive, Aman Dalvi said: "The race to be the UK’s next city was
hotly contested with more than 20 towns vying for the prestigious
The council would like to congratulate St Asaph, Chelmsford and
Perth on their triumph and newly awarded city status and wish
them all the best for the future.
Whilst Tower Hamlets may not have won this time round the
council is very proud of the city status bid which
resulted in the whole community uniting to celebrate what makes us
unique, and make residents proud of our borough’s historic past and
our exciting future.
The council has a lot to look forward to this year as a host
borough for the Olympics, unveiling of Victoria Park and
festivities to mark the Queens Diamond Jubilee.”
Bid to become City of Tower Hamlets
Tower Hamlets is bidding for city status as part of the Queen's
Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012.
The council is throwing its hat in the ring with full backing
from Canary Wharf Group, local businesses and community groups and
sees itself as a strong contender up against the likes of
Middlesbrough, Blackpool and Reading.
The Mayor believes city status will bring a
raft of benefits to the area and put Tower Hamlets firmly on the
map as a unique, vibrant and exciting place to live, work and
City status will enhance and unify the many
diverse aspects of our borough including our arts and creative
industries, cultural centres, historic visitor attractions and
Find out more
Our bid document
Support our bid
As the race to become the UK’s next city hots
up, Tower Hamlets residents now have even more ways to back the
A Facebook page has been set up, www.facebook.com/cityoftowerhamlets,
to allow anyone pledging their support for the bid to find out all
they need to know about the borough’s efforts to become a city.
Anyone signing up to “like” the City of Tower Hamlets page will be
kept fully up to speed on news, events and opportunities to get
involved in the borough’s bid to become the UK’s next city.
As well as being able to chat to other
supporters of the bid, the Facebook page gives people a chance to
add images of their favourite parts of the borough which could
include Victoria Park, the Tower of London, Canary Wharf, Columbia
Road Flower Market or Brick Lane.
In addition, supporters can also follow the bid on Twitter
by using the hashtag #cityoftowerhamlets.
This is a quick and easy way to start a discussion about the
borough and all it has to offer, or to follow what others are
saying about the bid.
And people from Tower Hamlets or much further
afield can still give their official backing to the bid by
completing the borough’s online petition.
When you sign up to support the Tower Hamlets' city status
bid you will also be able to sign up to receive regular updates
from the bid team, helping you to stay in touch with our progress
and the latest bid news. Below are links to previous updates
which you are now able to download.
Tower Hamlets Tweets, 14 December 2011
Tower Hamlets Tweets is a day-long initiative taking place on 14
December 2011 as part of the city bid campaign. The aim is to use
Twitter to highlight the many fantastic attractions that are on
offer here in Tower Hamlets. Supporters, residents and visitors are
encouraged to tweet the things they love about the borough
throughout the day using the hashtag #cityoftowerhamlets.
for the day have been developed to help people get the most out
of the initiative.
Who can bid for city status?
Any local authority (district, borough,
parish/town/community or unitary council) in any part of the United
Kingdom which considers that its area deserves to be granted the
rare honour of city status is eligible to apply.
Places to be honoured for the Diamond Jubilee
should be vibrant, welcoming communities with interesting histories
and distinct identities.
The government will announce the results of
the City Status competition early in 2012.