MORPETH has been named one of the best places to live in Britain.
The town features in a prestigious annual list of the top 101 places to live, compiled by The Sunday Times.
The respected guide, which is published on Sunday, combines a range of data and statistics, such as crime rates, house prices and school performance, with local knowledge and expertise.
Towns were selected for the quality of life they offer, with community spirit, shops and services, and outdoor spaces all considered.
Morpeth, which is the holder of the Britain In Bloom Best Town title, is the only place in Northumberland to make the first part of the guide. Part two will focus on cities, as well as places to live for good schools and the great outdoors.
The Sunday Times Home Editor Helen Davies said: “The Best Places guide is dedicated to celebrating Britain’s abundance of great cities, towns and villages.
“We combine in-depth data with first-hand personal experience to produce an authoritative list.”
Morpeth Mayor Joan Tebbutt said: “I think Morpeth is a lovely place. There is something about Morpeth, with its great setting and its heritage, that is so attractive.
“We have such a busy little community, as I have learnt this year if I didn’t know before, and there are so many organisations doing things. There is so much going on that it is a lovely place to live in.
“We know we have an older population in Morpeth, but people don’t want to leave. The young people who go elsewhere for jobs are always very keen to come back to Morpeth, which is one of the reasons why we need affordable housing in the area.
“People who come from other parts of the country love it here, and I know people who have turned down opportunities for better jobs because they wanted to stay in Morpeth. I think that says it all.
“We love it here.”