Is Huntingdon the king of Valentine’s Day and romance?

17:38 13 February 2014

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Forget Paris, Rome and Venice – Huntingdon is the new capital of romance...

Amazon’s ‘top romantic towns’

1. Huntingdon

2. Doncaster

3. Rochester

4. Spalding

5. Truro

6. Chorley

7. Bury St. Edmunds

8. Dunfermline

9. Warrington

10. Newton Abbott

Ok, that may be a slight exaggeration but Huntingdon, according to, is a town of romantics as the avid readers here buy more of the bestselling romance books per capita than anywhere else in the country.

Huntingdon – which has topped Amazon’s best read towns and cities list for the past three years – it seems has a passion for passion.

According to Amazon this makes the town more romantic than the likes of Doncaster, Chorley and Warrington – all included in its top 10.

Or, if you were more cynical, you could suggest that Huntingdon has more of a need to find its romance in fiction ... but surely not!

Town Mayor Bill Hensley believes its the former – Huntingdon is a romantic place.

“It’s just another string to our town,” he said. “And it’s another thing that makes me proud to be mayor of Huntingdon. There’s so much going on here with the redevelopment of Chequers Court, a low number of empty shops and a resilient high street.”

Amazon says its list is compiled using sales of romance novels in both print and Kindle format in 2013, on a per capita basis in towns and cities with more than 20,000 residents.

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