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Community / Lerwick second most beautiful high street in Scotland, poll finds

Lerwick's Market Cross. Photo: Ben Mullay

LERWICK has come second in a poll of Scotland’s most beautiful high streets.

The street was beaten to the title by northern rival Kirkwall in Orkney, although there was only three per cent in the top two.

Kirkwall secured 21 per cent of nearly 5,000 votes cast by the public, while Lerwick bagged 18 per cent.

Milngavie in East Dunbartonshire was third with 15 per cent.

The competition was run by national body Scotland’s Towns Partnership and the charity Keep Scotland Beautiful.

Project manager of local business improvement district scheme Living Lerwick Emma Miller said it was “absolutely fantastic” that the Northern Isles led the way in the competition.

“With nearly all 40 per cent of the vote between us, I don’t think we can be disappointed that we lost out by only 3 per cent,” she said.

“Even though they are our rivals, we have to acknowledge that Kirkwall is a bonny place too. This is a testament to the regard in which our high street is held by those who live here, and those who choose to visit.

“The businesses on our street make so much effort to provide our community with goods, services and jobs for local folk. I’d ask everyone to remember that and support our high street with their Christmas shopping this year.”

Chief officer of Scotland’s Towns Partnership Phil Prentice, meanwhile, said: “This competition is all about recognising the work and effort of local people to make their high streets the best they can be.

“It’s not just an award for a high street, it’s an award for the people who occupy it. I’ve seen first hand just some of the innovation and forward thinking used in Kirkwall and it is a real demonstration of what can be achieved with creativity and determination.”

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