Have just read that Gordon Brown gives the thumbs up to Reading becoming a city in 2012. The full article is here:
I do hope that our town is at last recognised. I love Reading with it's eclectic mix of people, it's odd mixture of brand new architecture and the contrasting ancient; it's vibrant night life and quiet walks. A stones through from countryside, yet a growing economic town with constant expansion taking place.
I came to this town in 1993 and never looked back. I do hope that we will be celebrating city status, just as those in Wolverhampton and Preston have done!!!