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- Queen grants seaside town upgrade but snubs Croydon
LONDON-BY-THE-SEA, otherwise known as Brighton, has been given city status by the Queen, after beating off rival challengers including south London borough Croydon.
Becoming a city in Britain is no easy matter. Traditionally, a cathedral was a must for any would-be city but that rule has been relaxed over the years. Nevertheless, it is still left to the personal whim of the monarch to decide which towns can upgrade.
While south coast Brighton had been the favourite to gain city status this time around, few gave Croydon a chance, thanks to the town's dismal image as a dull suburban backwater full of high rise office blocks. Brighton, on the other hand, attracts Londoners throughout the year thanks to its beach, pier, pavilion, marina and vibrant night life and has been successful in recent times at bringing in huge amounts of conference business.
Any Croydonians upset at their treatment can console themselves that the Queen's judgment appears to be a little nutty - the two other towns to win city status today were Wolverhampton and Inverness, hardly metropoles of national, let alone world, standing.