This is a post we’ve been itching to put up for a while – but thanks to our work, Colchester is now in the running to become a city.

Earlier this year, we wrote our town’s bid for city status completely free of charge.

If successful, Colchester will be named a city as part of the Queen’s jubilee celebrations in 2012.

Britain’s first city

Colchester has a great claim to be a city – it was the Romans’ first capital in England.

But what we really loved about the bid was the fact that it cost the taxpayer nothing.

Organised by community interest group Destination Colchester with the support of Colchester Borough Council, lots of people and organisations gave their time and skills free of charge to create an exceptional bid.

The local paper – The Gazette – also gave the bid lots of great coverage, helping the enthusiasm along.

So if you’d like to learn why Colchester is not only likely to become Britain’s newest city, but can also claim to be its first, read the bid for yourself. And then join this Facebook group to show your support…