Stockport and Bolton have failed in their bids to become England’s newest city, it has been announced this morning.
The two Greater Manchester towns lost out to Chelmsford in Essex, who will be granted city status by the Queen to mark her Diamond Jubilee.
Perth in Perthshire and St Asaph in Denbighshire will also become cities.
The awards of city status were granted by The Queen, following advice from ministers.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said the three towns had won out from an “exceptional” field of entrants.
“I have been moved by the pride and passion which people have shown in putting their nominations forward,” he said.
“The standard of application was very high and those who missed out should not be downhearted. I hope the competition has given the residents of all the places which applied a sense of civic pride, of collective ownership and community spirit.”
The unsuccessful towns which entered the 2012 contest were: Bolton, Bournemouth, Colchester, Coleraine, Corby, Craigavon, Croydon, Doncaster, Dorchester, Dudley, Dumfries, Gateshead, Goole, Luton, Medway, Middlesbrough, Milton Keynes, Reading, Southend, St Austell, Stockport, Tower Hamlets and Wrexham.