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Pride and optimism in our town is revealed by survey.

Byline: Phil Booth News Reporter

IT will probably come as no surprise to most Huddersfield folk.

But a new survey shows we are hugely proud of the town - and optimistic about its future.

The region's beautiful landscapes are what make people most proud, with 36% singing their praises.

The friendliness of the people comes second, with 30%, followed by character and personality, with 10%.

When asked about their hopes for the future, over a third said they are excited for a 'continued celebration of Northern heritage' and one in 10 for 'sustained industrial prowess.'.

And 'hopeful' (44%) and 'positive' (28%) were two of the most popular words used by people to describe how they feel about the future.

When asked about the health of the economy, 70% feel 'hopeful',' and 24% described the North as 'strong' and 'proud.'.

The study, commissioned by TransPennine Express, aims to review the hopes and beliefs of Northerners.

The train operator says it wants to listen to its customers and help shape the future of the North. Over the next seven years it has promised more than PS500m of investment in the rail network and stations in the region.

Customer experience director Kathryn O'Brien said: "We're completely committed to our investment in the North of England and Scotland, and wholeheartedly share in the excitement and optimism expressed by its inhabitants.

"With so many progressive and productive changes on the way, we wanted to help inspire the regions in which TPE operates by encapsulating just what their town, city or village means to them.

"For us, this isn't just an investment in our inter-city network, it's an investment in the people it serves, so we're thrilled to see so many share our enthusiasm and excitement for the future, as we work to put the North of England and Scotland firmly back on the map."

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:May 3, 2016
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