Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - DISTRICT NEWS -

Mof­fat has reached the fi­nals of the in­au­gu­ral Scot­land’s Most Beau­ti­ful High Street com­pe­ti­tion.

It is one of 10 towns now vy­ing for the ti­tle af­ter be­ing se­lected by a judg­ing panel from Scot­land’s Towns Part­ner­ship and Keep Scot­land Beau­ti­ful.

Mof­fat is up against El­gin, Banff, Fort Wil­liam, Troon, Al­loa, Falkirk, For­res, Hadding­ton and La­nark.

The com­pe­ti­tion is de­signed to “cel­e­brate the con­tri­bu­tion of our High Streets” and to recog­nise “the ef­forts made to make th­ese spa­ces clean, at­trac­tive, ac­ces­si­ble, vi­brant and in­clu­sive for all to en­joy”.

A pub­lic vote will de­cide the win­ner, which will be an­nounced at Scot­land’s Towns Part­ner­ship’s an­nual con­fer­ence in Pais­ley, on Novem­ber 21.

Mof­fat Com­mu­nity Coun­cil chair­man Bob Opray and res­i­dent, Amanda Lay­den, are work­ing hard to en­cour­age Dum­fries and Gal­loway res­i­dents to vote for the Up­per An­nan­dale town and to spread the word on so­cial me­dia to at­tract as much sup­port as pos­si­ble.

Any­one can vote at www.scot­land­stowns.org/scot­lands_ most_beau­ti­ful_high­_street and the dead­line is Oc­to­ber 1.

Bob set the ball rolling by cre­at­ing a poem ex­plain­ing why Mof­fat is wor­thy of the ti­tle and sub­mit­ting it to the com­pe­ti­tion.

He said: “We are very proud of our High Street. It has its own dis­tinct fea­tures that stand out from ev­ery­where else.

“We re­ally would like ev­ery­one in the re­gion to get be­hind us and vote for Mof­fat High Street. Please tell ev­ery­one you know on so­cial me­dia to give us their vote. Spread the word.”

Bob’s poem lists its at­tributes in­clud­ing the “Ram wi’ nae lugs,” the for­mer bath house turned town hall, rows of lime trees, mix of shops and premises, war memo­rial, flower beds, free park­ing and the nar­row­est ho­tel in the world.

The sub­mis­sion also shows that it is at the heart of many events in­clud­ing the vin­tage car rally, Christ­mas fes­ti­val, gala and torch­light pro­ces­sion.

Pro­mot­ing Mof­fat Civic Pride chair­man Rose­mary Thom­son, com­mu­nity coun­cil leader Bob Opray and res­i­dents Clive Davies and Don­ald Gille­spie

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