Did Batley ever campaign to be a city?Absolute b0llocks.
He was staunch catholic and very much anti abortion.
Why not ban abortion, that would be a great achievement for him.
He was also a strong supporter of building a statue to Dame Vera Lynn and got the fund raising started. Apparently Vera Lynn's daughter now feels that it should be a memorial to Vera and him.
People need to get a sense of perspective. Is Batley a city?
If that was the reason given it would perfectly sum up how far this country has dropped.Did Batley ever campaign to be a city?
Not sure I understand your intense response to what is nothing more than a rather innocuous suggestion that city status be granted in tribute to a murdered MP who campaigned for it to be so.
Would it really bother you if Southend did become a city?
And what are the usual reasons for granting towns city status as they seem rather frivolous anyway?If that was the reason given it would perfectly sum up how far this country has dropped.
Stockton, like all the best stuff in Teesside (Mind we knocked it down ages ago, I think it was on the site of the Swallow Hotel?)Don’t know where the castle is though.
Certainly not who the biggest drama queen is.And what are the usual reasons for granting towns city status as they seem rather frivolous anyway?
Offering Southend city status as tribute to a man who was murdered whilst serving his constituents and had long campaigned for Southend to be a city as part of the Platinum Jubilee next year seems reasonable and far from some sort of indicator of how standards have dropped.
Chelmsford to Southend is 20 miles - it would be a nice tribute of course that is true but surely you cannot crown two Essex towns as city in a row over the rest of the country. Tees Valley/Teesside is the biggest conurbation in the country without a city. Chelmsford was supposed to be a city for Essex when its status was upgraded in 2012.
I think as all supporters of Middlesbrough Football Club (?) shouldn't we all also support the city bid for Middlesbrough.
Forget where you live, Stockton, Ingleby, that London etc and back the bid for the city of your football team. If our friends don't stick together what chance have we got?