Market town dubbed des res by The Times

This Rochdale Canal scene was sent to us by Bo Melnyk of Todmorden

This Rochdale Canal scene was sent to us by Bo Melnyk of Todmorden

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A Calderdale market town has been revealed as one of the 30 most fashionable places to live in the UK.

Heavyweight national newspaper The Times has rated the town as one of the “trendiest market towns” to live in because it has “a mix of Yorkshire charm, moors, tearooms and cosmopolitan values.”

The paper goes on to say that Hebden Bridge is “often referred to as the ‘lesbian capital’ of the UK” and is home to “community and social minded sorts”.

Amy Leader, director of the Hebden Bridge Town Hall, said: “I think it is absolutely right that we were on the list and I think we should be in the top five, not top 30.

“I think Hebden Bridge is a really unique place to live and has things for everyone.

“There are so many interesting things to do and the landscape is beautiful. You can’t beat that.

“I hope it encourages people to come and visit us to see what we have got to offer.”

However, Mayor of Hebden Royd Coun Jonathan Timbers said: “It’s good in some ways and not so good in others. There are a lot more fashionable people in the town and it’s good in the sense that it will attract people to come to the town and spend money.

“It’s not so good as the fashionable aspect is only one part of the town.”