Wrexham became a town on Thursday September 1 after winning the prestigious status through a competition that was part of Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. The honor was awarded earlier this year and the official “letter patent” confirms city status from September 1, 2022.

Wrexham now becomes the seventh largest city in Wales after Cardiff, Swansea, Newport, Bangor, St Davids and St Asaph. The competition to receive civic honors was last held 10 years ago to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, when St Asaph was honored with township status.

Secretary of State for Wales, Sir Robert Buckland, said:

Congratulations to Wrexham on achieving city status. The town and its surroundings already have so much to offer: home to the famous Wrexham Lager brewery, the UNESCO-listed Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, and a fantastic football club, the oldest in Wales and the one of the oldest in the world.

Wrexham already have much to be proud of and their future is just as exciting. I hope the town of Wrexham will continue to prosper and grow.

Councilor Mark Pritchard, leader of Wrexham Council, said:

We have so much to celebrate at Wrexham. We have an incredible World Heritage Site and an incredible football club with incredible owners and a rich and diverse arts and culture scene. We have close ties with our armed forces, world-class companies and friends around the world.

But our greatest asset is our communities, and it’s the incredible passion, character and creativity of the people who live here that make Wrexham what it is.

City status is a wonderful achievement and reflects the growing confidence and ambition we have at Wrexham. I would like to thank everyone who supported the ambitious bid for township status, from MPs and MPs to elected councilors and all businesses in Wrexham and beyond.

I would also like to thank Her Majesty The Queen for granting town status to Wrexham. We received congratulations from supporters and friends all over the world, and it is a truly historic day.

Wrexham Council are planning a month of weekend events throughout September to celebrate Wrexham:

Saturday September 3

  • Borough Freedom Reaffirmation at Royal Welsh – starts at Llwyn Isaf at 11am.

Saturday September 10

  • Guest service at St Giles Church to celebrate the status of the city at noon.
  • Wrexham AFC vs Maidenhead Utd FC at The Racecourse at 3pm.
  • Live music from the Royston Club and guests on Llwyn Isaf from 6pm.

Saturday September 17

  • Wrexham City Fun Day – activities throughout the town center for all the family.

Saturday September 24

  • Wrexham Feast Food Festival at Waterworld car park from 10am (also Sunday September 25)
  • Wrexham AFC v Torquay United at the Hippodrome at 3pm.

The Platinum Jubilee Civic Honors Competition required applicants to demonstrate how their unique communities and distinct local identity meant they deserved city status. They were also required to showcase their royal associations and cultural heritage.

Winning city status can boost local communities and open up new opportunities for the people who live there, as is the case with previous winners Perth and Preston, where residents have described how their success has helped to increase national and global reputation, putting them on the international map as a place to do business.

Perth, which was granted city status in 2012 as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, has seen the local economy grow by 12% in the decade it gained city status.