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City bid submitted

PUBLISHED: 13:52 12 October 2001 | UPDATED: 15:18 03 March 2010

IPSWICH today submitted its bid to become a Jubilee city.

The bid, which updates the Millennium application, was handed to the Lord Chancellor's office in Whitehall.

IPSWICH today submitted its bid to become a Jubilee city.

The bid, which updates the Millennium application, was handed to the Lord Chancellor's office in Whitehall.

The Queen is due to announce the winner – one city will be created in each of the four countries in the UK – early next year when she celebrates her Golden Jubilee.

Ipswich's bid is very different to the one made in1999 as it is linked closely to the IP-City brand. IP-City was only established in 2000 but is now one of Europe's fastest growing hi-tech clusters. City bid organisers believe that the "virtual city into Jubilee city" theme is unique.

Also strengthening Ipswich's case is the return of Ipswich Town to Premiership and European football which is having an impact both on the town and the region. Portman Road is in the heart of the new Ipswich Village Project so we have Village, Town and Virtual City all in one.

Suffolk is one of the few counties not to have a city and organisers have reminded the judges that it lost its only city, Dunwich, to the sea 700 years ago. "It's about time we had another one," says the city bid.

The bid has been submitted by Ipswich Borough Council whose leader, Councillor Peter Gardiner, said: "IP-City and the Cambridge-Ipswich Hi-Tech Corridor were not even in existence two years ago when Ipswich made its last application. Since then, the inward investment both projects have achieved, the companies and jobs that have been created here and the publicity that has established the brand and the region as a global hi-tech leader have all strengthened our case."

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