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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.

A Fricker

Freelands Cottage, Alnwick