Ludlow wins the Academy of Urbanism 'Great Town' award

Quality Square,  LudlowAt 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:

'The most perfect town in England'
Betjeman said, and he should know.
He had an eye and an ear for England;
For English light, or that English glow
As the River Teme and a Shropshire sky
Combine in a perfect Ludlow way
And as the sun goes down and the night clouds fly

You can wallow at the end of a Ludlow day
In Ludlow Sausage and Ludlow Cheese
And a pint of a perfect local beer
And the sound of laughter carried on the breeze
From people just happy that they're here.
From the Castle down to Old Street,Ludlow is the place
To put heaven in your belly and a smile upon your face!

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

Image: Quality Square, Ludlow