A Stockport suburb has been named as the seventh friendliest place to live in the UK.
Residents of well-heeled Bramhall believe it’s all down to the village’s ‘community spirit’.
The leafy area, famed for its famous Tudor manor house Bramall Hall, came within the top ten of the friendliest places in Britain to live in a poll conducted by comparethemarket.com.
Hairdresser Mike Messenger believes a willingness to help one another and a diverse community have all helped Bramhall make it on to the list.
Mike, salon manager at Eds Hair and Beauty, believes that the people are what makes Bramhall such a friendly village.
He said: “It’s an old-fashioned village. People care about each other and look after each other. People have time for people.”
This is not the first time the Stockport suburb has been acclaimed.
A study commissioned by the BBC and conducted by the University of Sheffield in 2008 concluded that 85 per cent of people in Bramhall felt a sense of belonging to their community.
Sue Steel, owner of Simply Books, said that events held within the community attract a diverse range of people young and old.
She added: “We run events such as Italian language classes, ‘knit and natter’ sessions and even a cinema each month in the village hall.”
“Its got the best of all worlds, good bus and rail links into Manchester city centre whilst at the same time a very strong sense of community and belonging.
Whether you’re a young single person, a family or an older person there is something for everyone, there is always something going on, everyone is friendly and there is no need for anyone to feel isolated.”
Keswick in Cumbria topped the list with Harrogate, in North Yorkshire and Taunton in Somerset coming in at second and third respectively.
Newcomer Jayne Keyworth said she felt she and her family have been very warmly welcomed since moving to Bramhall in the last few weeks.
She said: “Moving the family was a big step but the people are very welcoming and are happy to stop and chat.
“There’s beautiful tree-lined streets and community groups especially for the kids are big in this area.”
By Adam John