Win puts town streets ahead
AN Aberdeenshire high street has been crowned the most beautiful in Scotland after a public vote.
Turriff came out on top in the search for the country's best high street, beating finalists Inverurie, Cupar, Denny, Jedburgh and Linlithgow.
The shortlisted entries were selected by environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful and national towns agency Scotland's Town Partnership, the competition organisers.
The initiative celebrates the efforts made to keep these spaces clean, attractive, accessible, vibrant and inclusive.
Turriff's entry highlighted the town's numerous heritage sites, horticultural beauty and community initiatives, including the Turra Coo sculpture.
Turriff Business Association, which submitted the entry, said: "Turriff's High Street is very lucky to host a vibrant, unique shopping experience, a wonderful heritage and a high standard of care and cleanliness that reflects the pride we have in our town."
Representatives of the winning entry have been invited to attend the forthcoming meeting of the Cross Party Group on Towns and Town Centres at the Scottish Parliament, where they will be presented with a prize certificate and congratulated by MSPs and other town stakeholders.
Rose Logan, vice-chairwoman of Turriff Business Association said: "On behalf of Turriff Business Association and the Turriff community, I would like to say a huge thank you to all those who voted for us in the Scotland's Most Beautiful High Street competition.
"The standard of entries was very high and we are absolutely delighted to have won this award. There is a tremendous community spirit and involvement within Turriff and the surrounding district and without their support this achievement would not have been possible."
Banff and Buchan MP David Duguid said: "I am extremely proud that my home town has won this award.
"There are many factors that contribute to this but there is a real sense of civic pride in the town and the hard work and commitment of the local business association, community council and volunteers cannot be overstated."