BOB Gray always kept the faith that his beloved hometown would one day finally be made a city - and even made a 'welcome' sign declaring it so.

The businessman had the 'Welcome to the City of Wrexham' banner made a decade ago when the north east town was hopeful it would be one of those chosen for city stauts to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

But 2012 came and St Asaph in Denbighshire was the Welsh town chosen for the honour.

A disappointed Gray, known to many as Mr Wrexham having ran an electrical contracting business named Gray's Electrical Services for around 50 years in the town, packed his banner away.

But crucially kept it in storage - as he remained hopeful his dream for the town of some 60,000 residents would one day come to pass.

On May 20 the announcement finally came that the UK  that Wrexham had been successful in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee City Status competition.

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While the decision to seek city status for a fourth time had split opinions in the town there had been no doubting in the mind of 'Mr Wrexham' who had backed the previous bid in 2012.

The now 89-year-old, who has always taken a keen interest in Wrexham and its future, was "delighted" that the ambition had been realised, said his son Dave.

And following the announcement, the 47-year-old has had the banner put up.

"Dad has always been very invested in Wrexham - he's always wanted it to be the best place it can be and he's always talked it up.

The National Wales: Bob Gray and his son Dave, right.Bob Gray and his son Dave, right.

"He had the banner drawn up and was very disappointed when Wrexham didn't get it (city status) ten years ago," said Dave, who runs The Foundry in Yorke Street.

"But he kept it, knowing the town would be in the running again.

"And even though he's retired now and hadn't been very well, he's delighted that Wrexham has fulfilled its ambition.

"I was able to put the banner up on his behalf on the ring road.

"It makes him happy knowing Wrexham is always progressing and he loves to be told what's happening.

"He's always had confidence in Wrexham and I think he's been grateful for all the opportunities it's given him over the years - coming from a poor background to creating his own business and buying property in the town."

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