Congratulations to brilliant Boro business Charles Clinkard on being declared the best shoe shop in England.

The UK-wide chain which began life as a single store in Middlesbrough in 1924 has come out on top of a Which? survey of more than 7,000 people.

Charles Clinkard came out on top of the poll with an 82% approval rate from shoppers based on their personal in-store experiences.

The result put them ahead of John Lewis, Next, Shoe Zone, Sports Direct, Primark and others.

Having started in Middlesbrough the company’s HQ returned to its birth town in 2016 at Cannon Park.

Cllr Ashley Waters, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, said: “We are very proud to be the hometown of Charles Clinkard shoe stores – it is a brilliant Boro business and it’s no surprise to see shoppers across the UK agree.

“Congratulations to all the staff in the Cannon Park HQ, the store in the town centre and to all the Charles Clinkard staff across the UK.”