Fife will make bids for two new cities

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Fife Council has confirmed it will support two submissions for city status as part of the civic honours competition to celebrate the Queen’s platinum jubilee in 2022.

Convener of the Policy & Coordination Committee and Council Co-leader David Alexander said: “Both Dunfermline and St Andrews are keen to see their heritage recognised and their historical status officially restored, and we’re happy to support both these bids.

“Our community manager is coordinating the submission for Dunfermline, and the St Andrew’s bid is being led by the town’s community council, who will contact our officers for any extra support they need.”

Co-leader, Cllr David Ross added: “Work has been underway for some time to prepare submissions that reflect the history, diversity and future aspirations of these communities.

“Our towns are strong contenders. The ancient capital of Scotland for over 400 years, Dunfermline is now one of the fastest growing towns in Europe. And St Andrews, known worldwide as the home of golf and Scotland’s first university, historically had city status.”

The respective area committees will review and approve the final submission documents at their next meetings so that bids can be entered before the 8 December deadline.