(CMR) His Excellency Governor Martyn Roper has expressed disappointment that George Town did not win a bid to gain City Status as part of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Celebrations.
Speaking from London, where he is on an official visit, the Governor said it was a close competition, and he believes George Town stands a good chance the next time around.
“I know many of you will join me in my disappointment in learning that despite a very strong application George Town has not been successful in achieving City Status,” Mr. Roper said.
“I know an incredible amount of work by the Cayman Islands Government went into the application, and we were very close. However, there were a considerable amount of applications, 38 bids in total. This was also the first time Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies were eligible to bid, and only one of each was chosen,” he explained.
Stanley, in the Falklands Islands, was the winner, a success the country celebrates in the year that also marks the 40th anniversary of the Falklands War.
“We should take great pride in the quality of the application and look ahead to future bidding rounds. I believe we would stand a very good chance at the next round,” Governor Roper said.