SOUTHEND MISSES OUT ON CITY STATUS
Colchester and Southend both lost out to Chelmsford to become one of three new UK cities named as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
Following the annoucement on Wednesday, Southend Borough Council's Scott Dolling described it as "a great day for Essex, but a sad day for us".
"There is a little bit of sadness, but the great news for our county is that we've been recognised in the right way," he said.
Mr Dolling, group manager for tourism and promotion at Southend, believed the town still had all the attributes of a city.
"Throughout this we've been saying we're a city in all but name," he said.
"Southend is the largest town in the county, there's the theatres, our new international airport, nine railway stations.
"So although we haven't got the name or the rights, we're still very proud of what we've got to offer and will continue to shout about it."
10th July 2012
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