Longridge has been ranked among the 101 best places to live in Britain.
The Sunday Times describedLongridge as ‘big on character’ and, ranks it alongside Chester, Clitheroe, Crosby, Didsbury, Hale, Heswall, Lytham St Annes, Northwich and Ramsbottom as the north west’s premier locations.
It features in the ‘In a Different League’ category subtitled ‘look beyond the footballers’ wives for delightful towns and villages’.
The honour was welcomed by Mayor of Longridge Coun Rose Adamson.
She said: “I have, of course, a bias view being born and bred here. I do agree that we have a good variety of shops and pubs and restaurants and our wonderful cinema.
“What I think is the best about Longridge is that we can be in the most outstanding countryside within minutes of our doorsteps. We will have to watch out our secret is out!”
Chairman of Longridge Business Group and representing its increasing membership, Carole Hart, said: “It’s fantastic news, absolutely brilliant that Longridge has been recognised in this way and that all our efforts are not in vain.
“The business group will continue to build on this recognition so that Longridge grows stronger and stronger for its residents and businesses.
“Let’s keep the momentum going as it’s really good for the profile of our town.”
Under a main heading of ‘Where the Grass is really Greener,’ collater of The Sunday Times supplement Eleanor Mills prefaces it by saying “You don’t have to be a millionaire to live somewhere wonderful. There are hundreds of unsung gems that offer the highest quality of life and value for money.”
On Longridge, she describes the town as, “Britain’s answer to the Dordogne.’ Highlighted was the recently refurbished library, Palace Cinema, shops, markets, pubs, restaurants, a healthy community spirit, “three state primary schools” (there is actually one), two faith ones, lots of sport and decent property prices.
Chipping resident David Paterson, said he read the article with particular interest.
He has lived on the Fylde and Longridge before moving to Chipping.
He adds “I think Longridge is great. It has got all the facilities you need and I feel very at home there.”
After reading The Sunday Times’ comments about Longridge, he said he had e-mailed the town’s famous cake maker Justine Forrest saying all that was missing was news of her famous chocolate brownies.
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