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Villagers 'chuffed' over award

The village of Lower Slaughter may not sound like a destination for lovers, but one of its roads has been voted Britain's most romantic street.

Copse Hill Road in Gloucestershire took the prize in the Google Street View Awards.

South Shore Road in Gateshead was voted the hippest street, while Bondgate Within in Alnwick won the award for the best shopping street to make it a double success for the north east.

Calum Milne, who manages a hotel in the village of Lower Slaughter, said: "I am chuffed to bits. What a wonderful accolade for such a beautiful village."

Cotswolds tourism manager Chris Dee added: "It's true, the Cotswolds is for lovers! We know how many of our visitors use Street View, it's an incredible resource for tourism.

"We are thrilled that this typical Cotswold street has been voted the essence of English romance by romantic Google users from around the world."

Over 20,000 people voted for the awards after the streets were shortlisted by a panel of experts.

Front Street in Bamburgh, Northumberland and Edinburgh's Royal Mile came second and third respectively in the vote for the most romantic street.

Meanwhile, Google has commissioned research which found that Britons use Street View an average of twice a week. Over half (55%) use it to plan a visit to a UK tourist attraction.

Laura Scott from Google said: "The Google Street View Awards celebrate the many fantastic streets that Britain has to offer. The results reveal a diverse cultural landscape; from romantic hot spots to hip destinations and shopping locations, these are now firmly on the map."

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