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