North Down Alliance MLA Andrew Muir has warmly welcomed the recent award of City Status given to Bangor, calling it a ‘landmark moment’ for the whole community.
Mr Muir was speaking after it was formally announced that Bangor would become one of eight places across the UK and beyond that have been awarded civic honours as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Mr Muir has detailed how Bangor’s Christian Heritage, proud naval tradition and the role Bangor played in helping the Allies during the Second World War all helped to shape the bid that would eventually lead to the honour of City status.
‘I love Bangor and am proud to call it my home,’ Mr Muir said. ‘Bangor is a fantastic place to live, work and invest and I am glad to see this well-deserved title being awarded. This a landmark event worthy of celebration putting Bangor firmly on the map recognising all our achievements, past, present and ahead of us in the future. Our sea-side City is already a major events centre in terms of heritage, sport, music and arts and I look forward to seeing further investment, development and regeneration of our City centre as we build on this exciting opportunity to see Bangor flourish. I’m delighted award of Freedom of the Borough to Health and Social Care staff in 2018 helped secure the successful bid, this was a very proud moment for me with my Mum serving for decades in the NHS. Together, we can succeed."