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Transform the character of the town

Posted by Peter Ford
Wednesday, June 8, 2005

The Mayor of Hebden Royd, Coun Stewart Brown, said the transformation of Hebden Bridge had been "fantastic".

"It used to be known for ley lines more than anything but now I think it's known as much for its lattes," he said. "It's got lots of great little shops. We have the largest lesbian community in the country and they have helped transform the character of the town." (Yorkshire Post)

Now correct me if I'm wrong, one of the main reasons over the last couple of years that Hebden is flourishing is the so call "offcomers" with disposable income keeping local shops going and attracting cafe bars to the local community etc. The current transformation is hardly related to the largest lesbian community in the country but to the fact that Hebden is turning into a commuter town.