Linlithgow High Street in has been hailed as among the top five in the whole of Great Britain, and is the best of its kind in Scotland.
That is the verdict from the judges in this year’s Great British High Street contest, where the burgh was placed in the same elite league as four English star performers – Bridgnorth in Shropshire, Hinckley and Market Harborough, both Leicstershire, and Andover in Hampshire.
Linlithgow scored so well that it only narrowly missed being included in a top three selection, one of which will be elected the best high street in Britain by public vote – a title the burgh could aim for in future years.
The stunning success was in the competition’s large market towns category.
High Streets Minister (UK government) Andrew Percy said: “Linlithgow demonstrated many of the things we were looking for – a commitment to revitalising the high street as a unique place for living, working and shopping.
“Linlithgow just missed out on the public vote this year but can take great pride in reaching the final five and being named one of Britain’s best high streets.”
Gail Boardman, chairwoman of Linlithgow Town Centre BID said:“Historically and geographically, with a diverse High Street and active community, Linlithgow is a destination centre which has an appeal for everyone.
“From the canal to loch side, independent retailers, marvellous food and drink outlets, active cycling and sports groups, children’ activities and arts venues - Linlithgow welcomes all interests. Come and visit us!”
This year’s competition saw a record 900 entries across all 14 categories, including the new categories for individuals and shops.
The Great British High Street Competition 2016 celebrates the great work that is being done to revive, adapt and diversify high streets on both sides of the border, and is one of a number of initiatives to help champion high streets as the cornerstones of the community.
The Great British High Street competition is run by the (UK government) Department for Communities and Local Government and sponsored by the Post Office, Holland and Barratt, Boots UK, Google UK, Marks & Spencer, Wilko, Revo and Ellandi.