A survey which claims Blackpool is one of the worst places to live in the UK has been slammed.
The study carried out by the UK price comparison service uSwitch ranked Blackpool as the sixth worst place to live in the country, just after Bradford, Hull and parts of Northern Ireland.
The survey ranked more than 130 towns and cities based on working hours, life expectancy, hours of sunshine, food and energy bills and disposable income.
President of Stay Blackpool Claire Smith said: “I’ve lived here all my life and I have a wonderful time. I wouldn’t live anywhere else.
“Obviously Blackpool has its problems just like any other town.
“But where else can you go if you want to see The Illuminations or the music playing on the bandstand?
“I would rather live here with the bright lights and the Opera House than in some sad town where nothing ever happens.”
Mrs Smith added that her family has lived in Blackpool for three generations.
She said: “If we didn’t want to be here, we wouldn’t have stayed.”
Bispham Conservative councillor Colin Maycock said: “I would completely disagree that Blackpool is the sixth worst place to live.
“Blackpool is a place you need to live in all year round to really appreciate.
“I wasn’t born in Blackpool but I have lived here for 15 years and it’s the place I like to call home.”
The survey, which can be found on the uSwitch website, ranked Edinburgh as the best place to live in the UK because of its ‘striking architecture’, ‘world-famous festival’ and ‘stunning scenery’.
Also in the top 10 were Hertfordshire, Northumberland and York.
Mrs Smith said: “There’s absolutely nothing Edinburgh’s got that Blackpool doesn’t have too.”