Kirkby Lonsdale is a runner up in a national competition to find the best village high street.
It was shortlisted alongside the eventual winner – Pateley Bridge in North Yorkshire – and Langport in Somerset, in the 'village' category of the Great British High Street Awards.
Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron was quick to offer his congratulations.
He said: “Kirkby Lonsdale has done fantastically well to be awarded the runner-up prize in this competition.
“To have been awarded runner-up when there were over 900 applicants is an outstanding achievement, but one richly deserved.
“Kirkby Lonsdale is a beautiful and vibrant town with real character, and this award is a recognition of that.
“I’d like to thank all the local businesses, as well as the town, district and county councils, for their hard work in making the area what it is. Let’s hope next year the town can go one better.”
Twenty-seven finalists were shortlisted in nine categories including city, coastal and small market towns. Blackburn in Lancashire won the ultimate accolade of 'Great British High Street of the Year'.
This year’s competition saw a record 900 entries across all 14 categories, including new categories for individuals and shops.
The winners were selected by combining the results of a public vote with the marks of judges made up of industry leaders from across retail, property and business, including British Land, the Post Office and Holland & Barrett.
The winners share a prize pot worth £100,000 and receive expert training from Google’s digital taskforce for shops, bars and restaurants, and a trip to Twitter UK’s London office to boost their social media skills.
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