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IF ONE historian gets his way the Royal Burgh of Linlithgow could be transformed into a city.

Bert McEwan (81) has submitted an e-petition to the Scottish Parliament to have the ancient town given the title of city if the residents so wish.

He said: “Both Linlithgow in West Lothian and Haddington in East Lothian were historically considered cities, but that changed when the Local Government Act of 1973 was introduced, establishing four city authorities in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee.”

Bert, who is based in Dunfermline, is concerned at the lack of criteria in Scotland for designating an area as a city, unlike in England, where they use ancient prescriptive usage. He believes the same definition should be used north and south of the border. He launched his petition this month after an 11-year campaign on the issue.

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I don’t think it would make any difference to Linlithgow. It’s already known as a Royal Burgh which means more than a city.

Kerry Fraser(34), Bo’ness

It wouldn’t bother me, but I don’t think it would really make a difference - Linlithgow doesn’t need the status. Many people visit because it has a palace and they would still come without this change.

Jackie Robertson(44), Grangemouth

I would rather Linlithgow was kept as a town. It doesn’t feel like a city and I don’t think it would add anything - there are groups in the town that already work to promote it and its history.

Sheila Redfern(61), Polmont