At the glittering award ceremony held at The Dorchester in London on 10 November, Mayor of Ludlow, Cllr Graeme Kidd, was presented with 'The Great Town' award and was invited to read the poem especially composed for the occasion by Ian McMillan:
You can wallow at the end of a Ludlow day
Graeme said “It is a great honour for Ludlow and its communities to be selected as the first Great Town by the Academy. I am sure the fact that we are a Slow Town ' the first CittaSlow Town in the UK - helped us to win this accolade”.
Other winners were:
Edinburgh - European City of the Year
Glasgow Merchant City - Great Neighbourhood
Marylebone High Street - Great Street
Borough Market, London - Great Place