HAVE YOUR SAY: Traders join call for Wrexham to get city status


Phil Robinson

TOWN centre traders have joined the growing clamour for Wrexham to be granted city status.

The town is expected to be a prime contender after the government announced a fresh competition for cities to be created to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

Wrexham lost out to Newport when a similar competition was run in 2002, but this time backing for a renewed bid has already come from Welsh Secretary Peter Hain and First Minister Carwyn Jones.

Kevin Critchley, manager of the Eagles Meadow shopping centre, said: “We’d be on top of the world if we achieved city status. It would be a massive fillip for the town and for business in the town.

“Eagles Meadow has enhanced Wrexham’s credentials as a shopping centre and city status would make us an even more attractive destination for shoppers and visitors.”

Fishmonger Tim Wooldridge, of Tim’s For Fish in Eagles Meadow, said: “Wrexham has a lot going for it. People say Wrexham is the capital of North Wales so it would be appropriate for it to be a city.

“Hopefully it would bring more investment and funding into the town and the area as well.”

On a visit to Chirk last Friday, Welsh Secretary Peter Hain said: “Wrexham has a proud history and is one of the best-known towns in Britain.

“Getting city status would be a great achievement and well deserved.”

Wrexham MP Ian Lucas has already called for cross-party support for a Wrexham campaign and he said: “There has always been a strong sense of local pride in Wrexham and in its status as the main town in North Wales.

“Securing its status as a Welsh city would be a real boost for North Wales as a whole.”

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