Council give backing to Royal status bid

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Councillors have backed a bid to get royal status awarded to Newmarket.

As revealed in last week’s Journal, a proposal to get a royal title for the town was presented to members of Newmarket Town Council on Monday who were asked for their support.

It had been put together by a community group including Chris Garibaldi, director of Newmarket’s National Horseracing Museum, Cllr Andy Drummond, chairman of Forest Heath District Council, stud owner Kirsten Rausing and the High Sheriff of Suffolk Nick Wingfield Digby.

The idea behind the application is the long standing Royal patronage of the town’s racing industry which stretches back centuries.

In a letter to the cabinet office applying for the royal title, town mayor Cllr Rachel Hood writing on behalf of the town council, which has to make the application, said: “ It is felt strongly that 2016 being Her Majesty’s 90th birthday year, represents a wonderful opportunity to celebrate her personal involvement in horseracing and the thorough breeding industry in the Newmarket area. It will also coincide with the opening of the new National Heritage Centre which we anticipate will be a great attraction to residents, and visitors to Newmarket alike.

“The granting of the title Royal Newmarket would be a fitting tribute both to the town’s long royal history and its modern aspirations.”

The application includes a detailed submission of Newmarket’s royal associations which has been compiled by Sandra Easom of the Newmarket Local History Society.

The only other towns in England with the Royal prefix are Wootton Bassett, Leamington Spa and Tunbridge Wells.