Britain’s oldest city Colchester officially becomes the newest city

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Lieutenant-Colonel Ed Rankin, commander of Colchester Garrison, said there was “a real sense of communal pride” that Colchester was now a city.

Philip Wise, heritage manager at Colchester City Council (formerly Colchester Borough Council), said: “Throughout the Roman period for around 350 years, Colchester was a town.

“But then people forgot about us in the Middle Ages and started to think of Colchester as a town, so we’ve had to wait a very long time to have our town status restored.”

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