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FEATURED ARTICLE FOR THE SPRING 2019 EDITION OF THE DERBEIAN MAGAZINE: 1977 A MOMENTOUS YEAR FOR DERBY & THE 1930'S DECADE
AND DERBY OLD SCHOOL, THE CALM BEFORE WORLD WAR II

THE Derbeian | Spring 2019

A momentous year for Derby

Crowd control

comes in all shapes

and sizes!

The Queen takes

time to talk to some

local pensioners.

Derby was only the tenth town in the

twentieth century to be honoured with

city status, and was the only town to be

given the honour as part of the Jubilee

celebrations. The qualifications for a town

to be elevated are not clearly defined.

Contrary to the popular notion, a city need

not have an Anglican Cathedral; although

in Derby’s case All Saint’s Church had been

given Cathedral status almost exactly fifty

years earlier. The Cathedral may have been

part of the equation, but Derby’s population

size, history, its industrial record and the

contributions of many famous Derbeians are

also likely to have been considered.

The cover of the Derby

Evening Telegraph special

supplement, with the letters

patent reproduced.

Whilst becoming a city undoubtedly

conferred greater status to Derby, it

brought no real benefit in terms of

increased autonomy. It would be another

twenty years before Derby became a

unitary authority in the 1997 national

shake-up of local government organisation.

Under the new legislation Derby City

Council took back responsibility for

services such as education, libraries,

social services and roads, and the city

finally became truly self-directing.

20 | Derby Local Studies

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