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Midlands top for festive streets

The Midlands has the most festive street names in the UK with the South East coming a close second.

Holly Street is the most common with around 3,400 Christmas-themed street names around the UK, including Christmas Street, Christmas Pie Avenue, Reindeer Road, Tinsel Lane and Rudolph Road, a spokeswoman for Royal Mail said.

The Midlands tops the poll with 560 festive street names, while the South East is in second place with 480 Christmas-themed streets, according to information from the company's address database.

Holly Street came up trumps nationally with around 990 listings, while the database also revealed some unusual festive street names such as Myrrh Street, Jingles Lane, Bethlehem Way, Garland Place and Sleigh Drive.

Seven of Santa's reindeer are also represented including Dasher, Dancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Rudolph, the spokeswoman said.

The top ten Christmas-themed street names in the UK are Holly Street, Bell Lane, Mary Street, Angel Lane, Star Road, Bow Street, Festival Place, Noel Road, Gold Street and Garland Street.

These include variations such as street, lane, close, road and avenue, the spokeswoman said.

Steve Rooney, head of Royal Mail's Address Management Unit, said: "We decided to find out how well Christmas themes were represented on street names.

"The team came up with a number of words closely linked to Christmas, drew up a shortlist and began to investigate.

"We found the Christmas theme was very well represented and we had a lot of fun doing it."

::The top 10 Christmas-themed streets per region are:

Midlands - Holly, Bell, Festival, Gold, Mary, Noel, Star, Snow, Angel, Bow

South East - Bell, Holly, Star, Angel, Garlands, Bow, Holly Bush, Christmas, Wish, Joy

Anglia - Bell, Holly, Angel, Star, Festival, Comet, Evergreen, Snow, Tidings, Garland

South West - Holly, Bell, Angel, Gold, Snow, Bow, Mary, Garland, Star, Evergreen

London - Bow, Noel, Star, Holly, Angel, Bell, Advent, Evergreen, Garland, Mary

Thames Valley - Bell, Holly, Star, Comet, Angel, Bow, Evergreen, Holly Bush, Festival, Peace

Wales - Holly, Angel, Mary, Bell, Festival, Bethlehem, Comet, Gold, Star, Evergreen

North East - Holly, Bell, Mary, Bow, Angel, Garland, Festival, Winter, Evergreen, Holly Tree

North West - Holly, Bell, Mary, Bow, Festival, Star, Noel, Evergreen, Peace, Tree

Scotland - Bell, Mary, Holly, Bow, Sleigh, Yule, Festival, Pipe, Bethlehem, Dasher

Northern Ireland (top five) - Mary, Garland, Bow, Festival, Holly

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