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Saturday, August 7, 1999 Published at 11:34 GMT 12:34 UK

World: Europe

Ipswich town competes for city status

Campaigners for the latest British town to apply for city status are travelling to London today on a specially chartered train, to hand in a petition to the government.

Ipswich, which is in Suffolk, south-east England, is one of more than thirty towns competing to gain official recognition as a city. Its rivals include Inverness in the Scottish highlands and Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire. The Mayor of Ipswich, John Mowles, said the change in status would raise the town's profile and be good for business.

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