Bid for city status cost just £652

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Doncaster Council spent just £652 on its failed bid to earn city status, it has been revealed.

The council, who were on of 26 towns hoping to be awarded the city accolade for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, lost out to Chelmsford, Perth and St Asaph in Wales, who are understood to have splashed out just £300 on their campaign.

When the results were announced last week Doncaster’s Mayor Peter Davies said he was happy with the work carried out as part of the bid, but did say it was conducted on a “shoestring budget.”

Reports also suggest Middlesbrough forked out more than £9.500 and Gateshead spent just £462 in their failed bids.