A request for Grantham to be awarded Royal or city status, has been made in a letter to Her Majesty the Queen by the former deputy mayor.
Bruce Wells says that he has felt for many years that Grantham deserves a regal addition to its name, given how many members of the armed forces have come from and been trained in the town.
He is himself a former member of the Regular and Territorial Army, and served in the 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment. He said: “I am born and bred in Grantham, and I am extremely proud of Grantham.”
In his letter addressed to Her Majesty, Mr Wells presented the history of the town and its various Royal connections, as well as its extensive military background. “It is for these and our continuum support with and for our Military, that I ask that you consider our request to become a City or a Royal Town,” he stated.
However, in response, Jennie Vine, the monarch’s deputy correspondence coordinator, wrote: “This is not a matter in which Her Majesty would intervene, since as a constitutional Sovereign, The Queen acts on the advice of her Ministers.
“Therefore, any such application would need to be made, through the town Council, directly to the relevant government department. Nevertheless, it was interesting to know of your loyalty and admiration for your home town.”
Mr Wells says he does not believe the district council will take the matter forward, and now plans to write a further letter to Her Majesty. He would also like to hear what residents think about the idea. “Grantham deserves this recognition,” he said. “Shopkeepers who serve the Royal family for five years are granted Royal warrants, and can use the Royal coat of arms. Grantham through our armed forces have been serving the Royal family for over 600 years.”