Reading may have lost its bid to become a city, but that hasn’t stopped us being proud of where we live.

Eight places were granted city status as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, including neighbouring Milton Keynes.

Residents of Reading, including council leader Jason Brock, were disappointed by the result but were quick to point out that the label doesn’t change what makes them proud of it.

People like Mark Palmer praised the river and canalside, as well as the unusual combination of easily accessible countryside and good transport links.

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The variety of leisure and shopping were named, as were the festivals.

Susan Paxford said her favourite place was Forbury Gardens.

Reader Alla Sasa drew attention to the University, The Biscuit Factory cinema and the town’s newest addition, Blue Collar Corner.

Beauty spots like Caversham Court Gardens, Caversham Weir, Reading Hydro and View Island were also on her list.

Praise was also reserved for the various canoe, boat and rowing clubs, Thames Lido, and the CultureMix Arts & Music Centre.

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Clr Jason Brock said: "As we said from the outset, this bid was about showcasing Reading, everything it has to offer and everything we love about it, from our rich history, our Royal connections, our diversity, our cultural scene and our economy, which drives the whole region.

“We firmly believe our bid was a strong one, and [the] result doesn't change any of the things which make us proud of Reading."

He continued: “"Reading will, for now, remain a ‘little big town' just as it’s always been, something that sets us apart and we remain hugely proud of.”