The town of 1,440 people that wants to be a city

The town of 1,440 people that wants to be a city: Tiny tourist hotspot in Cornwall seeks urban status in platinum jubilee contest

  • Tourist hotspot Marazion, which is on the Cornish coast, has just 1,440 residents 
  • It’s seeking urban status in competition for Queen’s platinum jubilee next year
  • Judges will look at civic pride, heritage and innovation before making decision

With just 1,440 residents, Marazion makes for an unlikely city.

But the tourist hotspot next to St Michael’s Mount on the Cornish coast is seeking urban status in a competition for the Queen’s platinum jubilee next year.

It is up against some tough competition, including much larger rivals Reading and Bournemouth. 

Judges will look at civic pride, heritage and innovation before making a decision.

Tourist hotspot Marazion, which is on the Cornish coast, has just 1,440 residents (pictured)

It’s seeking urban status in competition for Queen’s platinum jubilee next year, and is up against some tough competition, including much larger rivals Reading and Bournemouth

‘Marazion deserves to be celebrated and given city status,’ said town councillor Richard Stokoe.

‘The wonderful people, the fascinating history, stunning beauty and incredible community spirit mean Marazion would be a fitting and popular place to become the next town to be honoured with becoming a city.’

St Davids in Wales is the smallest UK city, with 1,600 inhabitants. It won that status in 1994.

City status is rarely granted – in 2012 25 towns applied, with only three granted the status.

Mr Stokoe added: ’As it is often said, size is not important.

‘Despite being a David in a field of Goliaths applying for city status, anyone who has ever lived, worked or visited Marazion knows that there is something for everyone and that it would be a worthy winner of the award.’

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