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Doncaster Council spent just £652 on its failed bid to earn city status, it has been revealed.

The council, which was one of 26 towns hoping to be awarded the accolade for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, lost out to Chelmsford in Essex, Perth in Scotland and St Asaph.

The Welsh town is believed to have splashed out just £300 on its campaign.

When the results were announced last week mayor Peter Davies said he was happy with the borough’s bid which was conducted on a “shoestring budget.”

Mr Davies said becoming a city had never been a priority for him and he insisted that Doncaster was still “going places” with several developments taking off.

Reports also suggest Middlesbrough forked out more than £9.500 in its failed bid.