Designs flood in for card contest

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AMATEUR snappers from Wolverton to Woburn Sands are being urged to dust off their cameras and get clicking, to support Milton Keynes’ bid to become a city and create a very special Christmas card for The Queen.

Milton Keynes Council is bidding for city status in a competition to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2012. The Queen is personally involved in making the decision on which area will become a city.

As part of the bid, the council is launching a borough-wide competition to find an iconic photo which will be turned into a Christmas card for The Queen. The card will be sent to Her Majesty in December with a message of support for Milton Keynes’ city bid.

Photos submitted can be of a person, landscape, building, object or event. The image must simply ‘capture the spirit of Milton Keynes’ as you see it.

The winning entry will be chosen by Cllr Debbie Brock, the council’s own city status champion. She said: “What better way that to showcase our fantastic Borough than to ask the citizens who live here, and love living here, to show us what they think truly captures the spirit of Milton Keynes. I look forward to sending Her Majesty a very special Christmas card as a reminder of why we deserve this honour.”

For inspiration, take a look at the Milton Keynes city status bid at

Further guidelines for the competition can also be found on this page.

Photos can be uploaded to a Facebook group created for the competition. To find the group, search on Facebook for ‘Milton Keynes City Bid Photo Competition’.

Or you can email your photos to Please email or upload images before the Wednesday November 30 deadline date.