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The search for 5 live's City of 2012

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Ellie Reuter | 06:00 UK time, Monday, 9 January 2012

The city of London

The UK is about to get a new city, as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. It’s rare that city status is granted, and 25 towns have applied. Just one of them will be reclassified as a city next month. Being called a city doesn’t bring any additional powers or funding, but that hasn’t stopped the contenders from mounting fierce campaign to win the honorary title.

But what if where you live wouldn’t ever stand a chance of being made a city? On 5 live, we think size doesn’t matter, and we want to celebrate all that’s brilliant about where you live. So we’re searching for 5 live’s City of 2012.

Whether you live in a town, village or tiny hamlet, if you can persuade us that it’s special enough, we’ll make it a city just for an evening, and we’ll send Tony Livesey there to present a programme there in its honour. We don’t mind if it’s a bit run-down or nondescript or gridlocked with traffic – we just want to know what makes it such a special place to live, and we won’t know without your help.

The competition will run over two weeks. The first step is asking for your nominations via a this form. In the second week, we’ll ask a star-studded panel to draw up a shortlist of would-be cities, and hold a text vote to find a winner. The glittering prize in the form of Tony Livesey arriving in your neighbourhood will happen a bit later this month.

Our criteria for choosing the 5 live City of 2012 is essentially how special it is to live there, so rural idylls and suburban sprawls stand an equal chance of glory. Only current cities are excluded from applying. We may ask you to come on air to act as a champion for your would-be city, and tell the rest of the UK why it’s so great.

You can read the 5 live City of 2012 Terms & Conditions here.

Ellie Reuter is an assistant editor at 5 live.



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