RE: Google street View best shopping street award.
AS I was involved in independent retailing in Alnwick for over 30 years, starting in 1971, I felt proud when learning of the town winning this award.
I feel that this was to a large extent due to the fact that this town is quite unique.
Alnwick has retained and maintained her individuality with her large numbers of independent retailers, often owner-occupied.
However, when I notice councillors, like Gordon Castle, seemingly jumping about with joy every time a national retailer expresses the interest in opening a branch here, I have my strong reservations with regard to the future.
Will we still win awards, once Bondgate, Market Street etc, become like any old high streets in this country? I think not.
Freelands Cottage, Alnwick