High Street chas­ing top award

Cel­e­brat­ing civic pride

West Lothian Courier - - News - Staff re­porter

Lin­lith­gow High Street is in the run­ning to be named the most beau­ti­ful in Scot­land.

The Royal Burgh’s main thor­ough­fare is on the short­list of Keep Scot­land Beau­ti­ful’s na­tional high street awards.

The town is one of six fi­nal­ists com­pet­ing to be named Scot­land’s Most Beau­ti­ful High Street and will go up against Cu­par, In­verurie, Jed­burgh, Denny and Tur­riff.

Or­gan­is­ers of the com­pe­ti­tion say it aims to cel­e­brate civic pride in towns and the groups who come to­gether and work to change their com­mu­ni­ties for the bet­ter, mak­ing lo­cal places clean, at­trac­tive, ac­ces­si­ble, sus­tain­able, vi­brant and in­clu­sive for all to en­joy.

The win­ner will be de­cided by the pub­lic and vot­ing closed last week.

The tri­umphant town will re­ceive na­tional at­ten­tion and an op­por­tu­nity to present their work at a high pro­file event with town and pol­icy stake­hold­ers.

Phil Pren­tice, chief of­fi­cer of Scot­land’s Towns Part­ner­ship, said: “Now in its sec­ond year, we’re ex­cited to be on the hunt for Scot­land’s Most Beau­ti­ful High Street once more.

“Scot­land’s towns and smaller set­tle­ments ac­count for 70 per cent of our pop­u­la­tion.

“Aside from their sig­nif­i­cant eco­nomic con­tri­bu­tion in terms of com­merce and em­ploy­ment, they pro­vide a liv­ing record of our his­tory and her­itage. We need to cel­e­brate our towns and em­power our com­mu­ni­ties to en­sure that Scot­land’s towns re­main vi­brant and con­tinue to play a vi­tal role in our na­tion’s fu­ture.”

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