Whitby named as Best Market Town

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The readers of the BBC Countryfile Magazine have voted Whitby as Britain’s Best Market Town.

Whitby - more famous nowadays for its harbour than its tradition as a market town - received the honour at the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2013-14.

Mayor John Freeman said: “It is very gratifying that the Countryfile readers have recognised that Whitby is not just beach and harbour.

“Its diversity of independent shops, cafes and restaurants add enormously to the value of our town.”

Now in its third year the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards are a celebration of our countryside and its people.

The 2013-14 awards were launched in the August 2013 issue of BBC Countryfile Magazine and feature 10 categories.

BBC Countryfile Magazine asked experts in each field to draw up shortlists of candidates in each category. The awards were then voted for by readers of the magazine and members of the public via post, email and on the BBC Countryfile Magazine website, www.countryfile.com.

Here’s what the magazine had to say about Whitby: “Yorkshire edges out Cornwall, with the handsome fishing port triumphing over the artists’ paradise of St Ives. Whitby is no stranger to triumph in BBC Countryfile Magazine polls – its famous abbey was voted Britain’s most romantic ruin back in 2011. Whitby has the twin attractions of the sea and the North York Moors National Park just inland. It’s definitely on the Countryfile Magazine team’s list of places to visit in 2014.”