The UK Government today announced that Perth has become one of the UK’s new cities after being awarded formal city status as part of the Diamond Jubilee Civic Honours competition.
Perth, already known as the “fair city” locally, made a successful bid and has received the honour as part of a process marking Her Majesty The Queen’s 60 years on the British throne.
Welcoming the news, the Secretary of State for Scotland Michael Moore said:
“Today’s announcement of its city status is great news for the people who live there, for Perthshire and for Scotland as a whole. The city has a strong heritage and a vibrant culture and will continue to thrive under it new status. It is a great honour for Scotland and is a fitting way to mark the Diamond Jubilee here. I congratulate those who worked hard on the bid for making the case so strongly.”
The Scotland Office minister David Mundell was in Perth as the award was announced and met the Provost of Perth this morning.
“Perth has been at the heart of Scottish life for over 800 years and city status is also a recognition of Scotland¿s continuing place at the heart of the United Kingdom. I was glad to be able to be in Perth on the day of the announcement and see first-hand the welcome the news received. It is a fitting recognition of Perth’s status, both in Scotland and as part of the UK.”