Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has praised Barrow in response to a campaign to gain the town Royal Status. 

The campaign was officially launched by MP Simon Fell in the House of Commons last month.

This is after local shipbuilder of 35 years Brian Boyd worked to get the idea taken forward for a number of years.

The campaign has received support from The Mail, BAE, Westmorland and Furness Council and many other local organisations.

After writing to the Prime Minister in December, the MP for Barrow and Furness has now got a response.

In the letter, Mr Sunak wrote: "Barrow-in-Furness has a long and proud history of shipbuilding, contributing greatly towards the continued protection of our shores and those of our allies.

"I am pleased that Barrow-in-Furness will play an important role in delivering key aspects of our AUKUS partnership.

"I know that, given its legacy, the profile of Barrow's skill, innovation and dedication will be raised internationally through its port of AUKUS."

The Prime Minister went on to call Mr Fell's proposal 'touching' and thanked him for including letters from supporters. 

He then explained that the application for the awarding of Royal Status is measured against 'specific criteria' and is made by the Sovereign, following the advice of Ministers.

The Prime Minister then advised that it is a 'rarely granted honour' and that he has passed on to the Cabinet Office who will be in touch in due course.

The Mail: Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's letter to Simon FellMP Simon Fell said: "It’s great news that the PM has recognised our campaign. We’ve had hundreds of people add their support since we launched it just a few weeks ago, so the momentum is growing.

"I intend to keep the PM updated and will do so too with the Cabinet Secretary when I meet with him in a couple of weeks. This is a campaign that recognises Furness’ rich history and the role that Barrow will continue to play in the world for generations to come.

"I really do encourage people to sign up at my website."

Mr Fell has been asking local people to share their views on the 'Royal Town of Barrow-in-Furness' on his website.