Dudley traces its roots back to the medieval period and helped to create the modern world as a major contributor to the industrial revolution.
Local heroes range from Lenny Henry to Frank Foley, the British spy who helped Jews escape Nazi Germany.
It’s in a spirit of the utmost admiration for the great borough that we say it doesn’t really need to become a city.
Indeed, there are three cities in the West Midlands already – Coventry, Wolverhampton and Birmingham. Isn’t that enough?
The borough of Dudley contains a number of towns, including Brierley Hill, Halesowen, Stourbridge and Dudley itself.
It was this entire borough that was bidding to become a city and the idea that Stourbridge would become part of the city of Dudley, rather than a town in its own right, always seemed a bit strange.
But as Dudley’s leaders say, the bid was a chance to encourage civic pride, and it seems to have succeeded admirably there.